Apologize For What-Part 2

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Updated: August 10, 2008

PART #2 OF 2 APOLOGIZE FOR what PERVASIVE RACISM IN SPORTS AT WVU WVU HOW ABOUT THIS NEW LOGO WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

We’re trying to imagine

a college with a logo

of a BLACK man

holding a rifle

WHAT you can’t. You say it is impossible. Americans would never stand for it. What kind of a message would that be. You are RIGHT. But West Virginia University has NO problem with a coonskined WHITE guy from an era when SLAVERY ruled in West Virginia being featured on the current West Virginia University logo ( see below ).

Here is the point. The same HYPOCRISY so embedded in American society reflected in West Virginia’s logo is EQUALLY reflected in African American Quarterback Pat White having to “apologize” for telling the TRUTH about Sports at WVU.

Well we sure aren’t apologizing

in fact we are about to prove

the depth of the RACISM

in Sports at WVU using

the numbers to do it

SOMETHING NO ONE HAS EVER DONE BEFORE. The Box has taken a close look at every single college team and Sport at WVU, their coaches and their players. PAT WHITE WAS FAR TOO MEEK IN HIS CRITICISM OF WVU as you will read.

There are 16 college teams at WVU

7 men’s and 9 women’s

one has an African American

coach the Soccer team

Marion LeBlanc appears to be the ONLY African American team coach at West Virginia University in its entire history. There are a few assistant coaches most notably on the football team. Of course the WVU Director of Athletics is White and always has been. As for the University it is administered by a 17 member Board of Governors. 16 of 17 Board Members are White. Of course the University President is White and always has been. Approximately 7% of the student body is African American. West Virginia University did not have its first African American graduate until 1971. WVU was founded in 1867.

Here is the racial profile of all 16 WVU teams

BASEBALL

31 team members

NO African American

MEN’S BASKETBALL

15 team members

7 African American

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

15 team members

13 African American

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

24 team members

NO African Americans

FOOTBALL

105 tram members

45 African American

GYMNASTICS

19 team members

ONE African American

ROWING

20 team members

ONE African American

RIFLE

10 team members

NO African Americans

MEN’S SOCCER

27 team members

2 African Americans

WOMEN’S SOCCER

24 team members

ONE African American

MEN’S SWIMMING

14 team members

NO African Americans

WOMEN’S SWIMMING

21 team members

NO African Americans

WOMEN’S TENNIS

19 team members

NO African Americans

WOMEN’S TRACK

47 team members

7 African American

VOLLEYBALL

15 team members

NO African Americans

WRESTLING

48 team members

ONE African American

The numbers speak LOUDLY for themselves but here is some analysis to add to them. SEVEN of the 16 teams have NO African American team members at all. FOUR of the teams have just ONE African American team member. In other words ELEVEN of the 16 teams either have NO African American or just ONE team member.

IF you “eliminate” Football and Basketball which are SPECIAL cases of course for African Americans the MONEY Sports at all colleges. ELEVEN of 13 other teams at WVU either have NONE OR ONE African American team member. The other two Men’s Soccer has TWO African Americans among 27 team members. And Women’s Track has SEVEN African Americans among 47 team members.

Again excepting Basketball and Football

There area total of 308 young women and men on the other 13 WVU teams. There area total of THIRTEEN young African American women and men on those teams. LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT. Now let’s look at Football and men’s and women’s Basketball. Combined there are 135 members of those 3 teams. SIXTY FIVE are African American. On men’s and women’s Basketball there are a total of 30 players TWENTY are African American.

NO it is not only West Virginia University. West Virginia University reflects the very same RACISM built into the athletics programs and the teams in virtually every college and university in America. In the THREE Sports that make ALL the millions and millions of dollars of income for the NCAA and all these colleges ALL these colleges actively recruit and carefully train AFRICAN Americans because they all want the BEST teams.

But when it comes to EVERY other Sport on Campus these same colleges, their administrators, boards, alumni, and athletic departments could NOT care less. In fact the numbers PROVE more than neglect they reflect SYSTEMIC RACISM IN AMERICAN COLLEGES.

Not only does Pat White have NOTHING

to apologize for him pointing out the bias

on the WVU Baseball team he was

far far too generous toward WVU

RACISM prevails in WVU Sports

and the NUMBERS prove it

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