|Kemba Walker admits to reading first book -- as a rising senior|
Connecticut star guard Kemba Walker announced today he would forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft. It was an expected move not only because he led the Huskies to a national championship, but also because he had participated in Senior Day festivities and is set to graduate from school in three years.
According to Sports Illustrated, Walker appears to have gone through college having only recently completed reading an entire book for the first time.
And in his travel pack is a copy of New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden's Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, a book that Crump encouraged Walker to read as part of an independent study class on racism in sports. Before the Final Four, [academic counselor Felicia] Crump suggested that Rhoden's book would be the first that Walker had ever made it through cover-to-cover. After the win over Kentucky, Walker confirmed this. "That's true," he said. "You can write that. It is the first book I've ever read."
Walker admittedly found it difficult to make the academic transition after high school, but worked with Crump to come up with a plan to earn his sociology degree in three years and is close to achieving his goal.
"I just need to finish up strong," Walker told reporters. "It won't be hard. I'm gonna take all the time I need to graduate and most likely I will."
According to the Hartford Courant, here's the plan for Walker to complete his studies and leave school with his degree.
This story serves as a microcosm for all that is wrong with America today and the misplaced priorities major universities have. Sports is the only reason Black Run America (BRA) exists. Walker might be talented on the basketball court, but he has no business remotely near anything called a classroom. That he is on-track to graduate despite never reading a book is a clear indicator of how this nation collapsed.He'll finish course work over the next few weeks and will have some online courses and internship (probably conducted with the NBA team that drafts him) in order to officially graduate. He will walk in the commencement next month.
Positive images of Black people would never have been created – manufactured – were it not for athletics on both the college and professional level. Because Black players compete for beloved alma maters or your favorite professional sports team, tribal loyalties are forged to these athletes.
College and professional football and basketball provide the bulk of positive images of Black people for your average American to consume.
Most sports have become the cheering on of Black athletes who have no loyalty to your alma mater beyond the opportunity it presents them to gain national exposure and training for the professional ranks. Indeed, the majority of these Black athletes grew up in areas that no alumni nor supporter of a major college would leave near.
Walker was recruited to play basketball as an amateur, but has spent three years at a publicly-funded institution without reading one book for his studies.
Anyone with a sociology degree from UCONN should feel ashamed today.
Arne Duncan, the head of the Department of Education, said he wants to penalize those college teams with low graduation rates by keeping them out of March Madness. This would have a disparate impact on teams that are majority Black.
What Duncan should pressure the NCAA to do is revoke the UCONN national title and award it to Butler.
The majority of Black athletes on college campuses have no business being there. Thanks to their athletic ability, any moral or academic inadequacies are excused away in the pursuit of victory.
Scratch that: Anyone with a degree from UCONN should feel ashamed today.