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Race-Centered Narratives Obscure the Problems of College Sports
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | February 14, 2020 | P. A. Jensen

Posted on 02/14/2020 6:35:05 AM PST by karpov

National discussions of college athletics routinely emphasize race. That emphasis, however, is unfortunate because it diverts attention from issues that affect all student-athletes. Also, discussions of race in college sports commonly rely on questionable statistics.

Some of those statistics come from a report by Shaun Harper, head of the Center on Race and Equity at the University of Southern California. His report makes the case that big-money college athletics exploits black male athletes—or, as Harper’s Washington Post op-ed read, “Black Men Will Play and White Men Will Profit.”

Harper’s report provides useful data on graduation rates of black male athletes at major schools, including changes in those rates (or lack thereof) over the last decade. However, while many news outlets have treated the report as scholarship, it is not peer-reviewed. Furthermore, the report’s analysis of its own data is misleading in three key ways.

First, the report claims that black males are over-represented on sports rosters at major universities compared to the student body in general. That is true, but the report under-represents black men on campus by comparing men’s sports rosters to student bodies directly. Men’s rosters exclude women, meaning that even if every male student were black, men’s sports rosters would be 100 percent black men, while the student body would be only 50 percent black men.

Furthermore, the disparity owes more to the large number of elite black athletes than to the small number of black students. As outlined elsewhere, less than a fifth of the disparity is due to low enrollment of black students compared to the overall population. The disparity is largely an illusory problem—yet it is a major focus of Harper’s report.

The report also misinterprets the academic records of black athletes.

(Excerpt) Read more at jamesgmartin.center ...


TOPICS: Education; Sports
KEYWORDS: blacks; college; graduationrates; studentathletes

1 posted on 02/14/2020 6:35:05 AM PST by karpov
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To: karpov
National discussions of college athletics routinely emphasize race

The people who talk about race are racists. I don't talk about it because I don't care about it. It's a non-issue for anyone who isn't a racist.

2 posted on 02/14/2020 6:37:44 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: karpov
National discussions of college athletics routinely emphasize race.

"White men can't jump."

Nothing new here.

3 posted on 02/14/2020 6:38:08 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: karpov

“His report makes the case that big-money college athletics exploits black male athletes—or, as Harper’s Washington Post op-ed read, “Black Men Will Play and White Men Will Profit.”

So just reject the scholarship. Problem solved, crying dumbass.


4 posted on 02/14/2020 6:46:15 AM PST by WKUHilltopper
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To: karpov

I believe that the end of “big time”college sports is coming. No one is going to accept highly paid, out and out professionals as college athletes. The push to play players will result in unionization, which will in turn lead to lowered eligibility standards. Players will be on the team six or seven years while taking one class a semester. They’re going to kill the golden goose.


5 posted on 02/14/2020 7:15:40 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: karpov

Obviously the answer is to have few white students. Problem solved.


6 posted on 02/14/2020 7:21:45 AM PST by subterfuge (RIP T.P.)
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To: WKUHilltopper

Right. these “victims” are given scholarships worth tens of thousands of dollars with crap grades, they’re treated like royalty then they are a given a national showcase potentially leading to millions of dollars.


7 posted on 02/14/2020 7:50:59 AM PST by gibsonguy
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To: Pearls Before Swine
"White men can't jump."

A friend of mine who is white jumped many times out of perfectly good airplanes when he was in the Air Force.

8 posted on 02/14/2020 8:40:13 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: gibsonguy

Right on! So sick of hearing how “oppressed” these student athletes are. They are being given scholarships most non-athletes would give their first-born child to have. If they choose to squander that golden opportunity to get a degree in something useful, that’s on them.


9 posted on 02/14/2020 8:42:54 AM PST by FormerFRLurker (Keep calm and vote your conscience.)
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To: karpov

Every school should develop a Professional Sports curriculum with several tracks; player, coach, referee, etc.
Mandatory classes would include both ethics and finance.

Universities with colleges can work from that. Med schools can track trainers, orthopedics, GP, etc. Law Schools can offer Athlete Agent, Contract Negotiation, etc.


10 posted on 02/14/2020 8:46:59 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Men: We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches.)
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To: FormerFRLurker

“....If they choose to squander that golden opportunity to get a degree in something useful, ...”

Most can’t get a degree in something useful. The only reason they are there s there sport. They have no interest in any other aspect of college, unless you count meeting babes. In many cases they know that, occasionally its articulated.


11 posted on 02/14/2020 8:54:22 AM PST by Reily
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To: karpov
black males are over-represented on sports rosters at major universities compared to the student body in general

This is the same fallacy as the idiotic "not enough black coaches in the NFL" canard. The race-baiters want to assert that it is okay to have a disproportionate number of black athletes, because those spots are decided by talent and ability... as if academic success, or coaching success, are NOT decided by talent and ability! It's okay to say the blacks tend to be better physically, but NOT okay to say that whites tend to be better intellectually? And that's NOT racist to use as the basis of their arguments?

Just another bit of Liberal nonsense that comes crashing down on its own logic.

12 posted on 02/14/2020 9:00:41 AM PST by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: karpov

Would they like to implement a quota forcing universities to take more White athletes?


13 posted on 02/14/2020 9:37:13 AM PST by FLT-bird
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