BASN Classic BlackBox: Call It A Miracle A Leading NCAA College Kicker African American Justin Medlock

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Updated: October 18, 2007

A BASN Classic BlackBox Last Updated:October 16, 2006 CALL IT A MIRACLE A LEADING NCAA COLLEGE KICKER AFRICAN AMERICAN JUSTIN MEDLOCK

KICKER JUSTIN MEDLOCK

It should be

Front Page News

across America

While there are far too few Black Quarterbacks in College and Po Football – compared to Kickers there are a Crowd of African American Quarterbacks.

In the entire history of the NFL there have been 6 African Americans Kickers.

That is worth repeating. In the entire history of the NFL there have been 6 African American Kickers. Now is that because African Americans are genetically deficient at kicking things. Right. As much as they are generically deficient at calling plays and throwing footballs.

Call it what it is

STEREOTYPING

and another insidious form of

R ACISM

in Sports

While it is a great pleasure to hail Justin Medlock as UCLA’s outstanding Field Goal, extra point and kick off Kicker, it is equally Painful that in so doing we highlight the fact when Drafted by an NFL team next April he will become the ONLY current African American Kicker in the NFL and the 7th ever.

And Justin Medlock is Good

very GOOD at Kicking

the Football

Take a look at his record. He has already made 6 Field Goals of over 50 yards. More than any UCLA kicker ever .Under 50 yards Medlock is considered virtually Perfect. Medlock has kicked 14 Field Goals in a row. How GOOD is that ! His next big test is Saturday yes at South Bend against Notre Dame.

The so called Fighting Irish ( 5-1) # 10 in the AP Poll against unranked UCLA ( 4-2). The game Saturday afternoon is worth watching if only for Justin Medlock and the Field Goals he may well Kick. Guaranteed lots of NFL scouts will be in the Stands. To size up many players for sure. Of course Brady Quinn.

But ALL of them will closely be watching African American Justin Medlock every time he Kicks the Ball in South Bend. For many of these scouts it will be the only time they will ever keep their eyes on a Black Kicker.

Another vestige of Racism

in American Sports

Justin Medlock

is Confronting

as well as

anyone has

We need more

many many more

African Americans

just like Justin Medlock

and they are out there

time to start Kicking

more Footballs.

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