By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
It Is Time for African American Athletes To Get The Secret
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2007 IT IS TIME FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN ATHLETES TO GET … THE SECRET TO REAL SUCCESS IN AMERICAN SPORTS GET IT TODAY !!
There is a phenomenon at the moment called “The Secret.” You know it is Big when Oprah devotes her Show to something as she did “The Secret” on Thursday guaranteed to sell even millions more copies of “The Secret.”
“The Secret” has been around forever as the wildly popular DVD and the book both illustrate. The most successful humans in history have all practiced “The Secret” according to “The Secret.” Oprah admitted she has been practicing “The Secret” without knowing it until she viewed “The Secret.”
( then she bought 30 copies for friends … Barack Obama ?? )
“The Secret” is that there is no secret ! Now the author does not exactly say so but it is clearly implied in its Message. Calling it “The Secret” is a great marketing decision as proven by her success. She Australian Rhonda Byrne in her desperation her life falling apart just 2 years ago got one book about taking control of ones life then began a relentless quest to find every self-confidence building tome she could find. She compiled their essence and put it into a film script that has become “The Secret..” She clearly was in the right place at the right time.
But this Box is not really about “The Secret”
and what does this have to do with Sports
or African American athletes
It is the way Ms.
Byrne has intensified her success by in fact bringing together a group of individual who had been preaching Self Confidence Self Help stay focused don’t let them stop you don’t drag yourself down you are beautiful love the challenges in your life messages. Byrne found a group of the BEST and now they ALL preach the same message the same message they always have but calling it “The Secret” now and becoming a NETWORK.
All of these Gurus are having far more success now as proven by the fact they were all showcased on Oprah something that would have been unlikely before. But now they are all part of “The Secret” network.
Here is the Point and
its perfect for Black History Month
especially if you think
Black History Month
is only in February
Black Athletes can become an important part of Black History as never before if just like with “The Secret” many of them wake up and finally realize NOT identifying as an African American athlete often based on the advice of their WHITE advisors is really keeping themselves DOWN.
Just as in “The Secret” we have the POWER to change our lives reach ambitious goals IF we really believe we do and we don’t fill ourselves with negative images instead. Most African American athletes take the cynical view I’m just going to take care of Number One because there isn’t anything else ot there.
African Americans will NEVER own the teams they play for. African Americans will NEVER be chosen as coaches and managers except rarely. African Americans will NEVER get treated as well as the white athletes in the media. African Americans will NEVER get to compete in White Sports like swimming, skiing, sailing, crew, archery, etc., etc. ….
And they are right IF
that is what they Believe
that the Negatives are True
But as “The Secret” which has been around forever proves. Removing the negative images is one part of the story but far from enough. Second you need a specific goal and most of all actually do something to realize it.
Everybody knows if successful African American athletes united and combined their economic power, their voices and their abilities they could combine to force a better deal for African Americans in Sports.
BUT YOU’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING NOT JUST THINK ABOUT IT. As “The Secret” says.
As one obvious example imagine if just 100 professional Black athletes UNITED to battle the outrageous NCAA lack of African American coaches specifically in football but in ALL NCAA sports. IF 100 of the 750+ Black NFL players PLEDGED $ 10,000 each and agreed to appear on campus after campus speaking out against NCAA discrimination against African Americans in Sports.
That would create a $ 1,000,000 legal fund for the Black Coaches Association to take the NCAA into Court for violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 but more their voices would create a groundswell of support on and off campuses and a media frenzy. None of which is good for the Status Quo at the NCAA.
Instead most Black athletes say
what can I possibly do or
I’ve got to take care of me
do your favorite Black athlete
a BIG favor send him a copy
of “The Secret” and with it
this Black Box
Just don’t bother sending Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan or Troy Smith a copy of “The Secret” you will be wasting your time if you expect that will have them unite as African Americans for a Greater Good. But don’t hesitate to send them the Box so they know why you didn’t.
Whenever you want to reach us with comments or better yet an idea for a topic for the Box ……. firstname.lastname@example.org
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