Too often, a male athlete showing promise at an early age is allowed to slide down a slippery slope academically as attention focuses on training and competing. Â Parents and coaches at the junior high school, high school, and college levels must stop exploiting student athletes and show concern for their long-term futures.
Unfortunately, West provides only unsophisticated responses to a complex and sophisticated problem. America is now at the end of a nearly 50-year transition from Jim Crow institutional discrimination (especially in the South and essentially an extension of slavery) to economic inequality today where many at the bottom of the socioeconomic hierarchy view themselves as slaves.
Formerly the bedrock of our community, the black family is now failing. Around 70 percent of black children are currently being born out of wedlock, and the availability of marrying-age black males is restricted by a very high â€” albeit declining â€” incarceration rate.