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Read between the “FOUL” lines

The sheer astonishment at college basketball star, Kemba Walker’s recent admission of reading his FIRST (Muh F’n) BOOK at the age of 20 extends far beyond the cake walk his college career has apparently been. You see… the reading of books does not commence in college; no, my friends. Reading your first book at 20 years old means that there has been a minimum of at least 13 years (and I’m being generous it should be more like 15!) that literacy and education have been of little importance.

Let’s take a moment to consider this. With pride, Walker admits that he read his first book at the age of 20 and only then to fulfill the requirements of an independent-study for early graduation. What the holy hell! My daughter has been reading 2 and 3 books at a time, since she was 4 years old. How in the world does one go through K-12 and 3 years of college without reading a single book–and further (from what I can tell) it’s the ONLY book he’s ever read.

In an ironic twist, the book Walker read is,  Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete. Clearly comprehension and subtext escapes him because had he truly appreciated what he was reading, he would see:

1) the dangers of his and his handlers’ neglect of his potential through education,

2) the contradictions within popular culture’s valuation of his body over his mind and

3) the impending controversy he would spark by ADMITTING HE READ HIS FIRST BOOK AT 20!!!

But then again, maybe that’s it! Maybe he’s just that brilliant and by spotlighting the fallacies within collegiate sports, the American education system and its treatment of black athletes, this could spark national outrage. It could possibly even release a chain of events which would call for a complete overhaul of sports, education, athletics, race, class and a myriad of other flawed social institutions. After all, I’m sure he is aware that  UCONN (the university from which he is set to graduate in a few weeks) only graduates 25 percent of its Black players from a roster made up of nearly 80% black players.

Then again, that assumes he also understands mathematics– but that’s a whole different book.



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