A world gone mad, pushed to the brink of total anarchy.
Where a major city of a prior civilization, named 'Memphis', became the breeding ground of an underclass, perpetually trapped in a vicious cycle of G-A-C-T's design.
The quasi-messianic figure of "Michael Oher" ('messianic' to the civilization being studied), who was a child of this underclass, will present an unfamiliar figure to these students.
It will be this passage, from The Blind Side, students in the future will have great difficulty understanding:
In 1958, when a black teacher from Gulfport, Mississippi, named Clennon King tried to enroll at Ole Miss, and was instead carted away by Mississippi state troopers to an insane asylum, the football coach couldn’t have imagined it had anything to do with him. When, in 1962, James Meredith came and stayed, the campus was engulfed in riots, and the football coach watched as his practice field became a staging area for army helicopters – but his team still went 10-0 and ended the season as national champions.How could a football game, little more than a form of entertainment, convince an entire civilization to capitulate?
But not long after that Ole Miss coaches set out to recruit the black athlete and found that history interfered. “There just aren’t many white guys in Mississippi who can play,” said one of the Ole Miss coaches. “The game is so much about speed now. The defense is so much about speed now. We need the best black kids if we’re going to have a chance.” (p. 263)
To paraphrase the passage from Lewis' book, anyone who would willingly sacrifice their civilization for the chance to see their alma mater win a few games on the football field should have been carted away to an insane asylum.
There must have been a reason for such fierce reactions to James Meredith stepping foot on the campus of the University of Mississippi, which was simply confirmed 51 years later with the election Chokwe Lumumba, an acolyte of revolutionary black liberation thought, mayor of the largest city in the state.
Never mind the city of Jackson became an 86 percent black metropolis (boasting one of the highest crime rates in America), the white citizens of the state still had "The Grove" to retreat to on game days in Oxford.
Civilization might be collapsing all around you, but a cocktail at what was dubbed "college football's best place to tailgate" washed away the reality encroaching all around you.
The students will then read about an incident happening on a campus in the same collegiate athletic association, the Southeastern Conference (SEC). [University of Alabama Integrates Sororities: Persistent relic of segregation ends as black women join white Greek organizations, Time, 9-20-13]:
The present finally rejected the past at the University of Alabama. On Friday, more than a week after a story about persistent segregation in the school’s sorority system attracted national attention, multiple African American women accepted bids to join traditionally white sororities. The move ends the last bastion of segregation at the tradition-bound southern university.
“I’m kind of still in shock and awe,” says Melanie Gotz, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, one of the sororities to admit its first black member. “It doesn’t seem like history has happened, but it did, and it’s amazing.”
The news erupted across student and alumni social media networks after a picture of Halle Lindsay wearing an Alpha Gamma Delta T-shirt was shared on Instagram. Cami McCant accepted a bid to join Kappa Alpha Theta, breaking the racial barrier at another traditionally white sorority. The news of their bids was first reported by al.com. As of Friday evening, at least four black women and two other minorities had accepted bids to join historically white sororities, according to a video statement by University President Judy Bonner.Freedom of Association.