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Thursday, 05 April 2007



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Maybe there aren't as many black coaches in the NCAA because not as many blacks have the desire to be coaches as their white counterparts. Maybe your experience with the high school coach who thought blacks were not good with x's and o's was more the exception than the rule. I have no empirical evidence for these statements but, likewise, there is none to support your reasons either. I've been involved in college basketball for a number of years under both white and black head coaches and I can tell you that the bottom line at the schools I was at (perhaps not the same as everywhere else) was winning and representing the university in a good light. If you think that blacks deserve more opportunities it must be because you believe racism is preventing them from getting these jobs.... and I just don't see that. I appreciate the article because I think that dialogue on this issue is a good thing but, frankly, your comparison of college basketball coaches to Tuskeegee Airmen is insulting to the Airmen who overcame far more than any college basketball coach today has to.

Brad W

Stereotyping at any level is just wrong, unfortunately sometimes it is accurate, and that reinforces the wrong behavior. If we take people as individuals and take time to know them then we will be much better served. The coach that said black people as a group aren't good at this, severely limits that group. It isn't true, but probably sometimes applies. Too sad really. I liked your insightful comments. I will be back. B-will www.pickupbasketball.net

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