A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Hill, en route to the Basketball Hall of Fame, found the timing of the subject impeccable. “It’s funny you’re addressing this because nobody had to tell Earl Monroe to come back and do the Baker League.”
“No one had to tell Oscar Robertson to come back and tell the tales he is finally doing in his latest book, ‘The Big O’. What we are talking here is a culture bereft of its identity,” Hill said.
Brenda Siler, national director of communications and marketing for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), says support from athletes has been constant — but names are not revealed.
Further disclosure reveals some of those athletes who have helped leave a telling mark. “I can say that Michael Jordan, Donovan McNabb, and Hank Aaron have been consistent supporters of what we do. In fact, Aaron’s wife, Billye, worked for our organization for a time,” Siler said.
When asked how many are currently playing, Siler again suggested she could not reveal such information.
Siler also revealed another cultural flaw in the recent presentation of another donation. “The Harlem Globetrotters recently donated $250,000 to UNCF after their latest tour. But when you consider the Globetrotters have been around since you and I were kids — that tells you something.”
For better or worse, Hill contends there is a bigger picture younger athletes are missing. “The athlete is a derivative of us, as is the entertainer, the physician, and the postal worker.”
“Home training is how to ascend to who you are, so in spite of the fact athletes should be giving back to Black causes, don’t just stop with them. Their (athletes) opportunities came on the backs of others before — how the hell can they forget that?”
“We (Black folks) have more wealth than ever, but we don’t share in the cultural, spiritual or economic bounty,” Hill added.