HBCU VIEW 2015 – WEEK FIVE By Anthony McClean,...
An Old Stereotype and The Same Storyline
And in the world where the lines of reality are being blurred by reality TV, people have the tendency to believe the white man with the round-rimmed glasses, the perfect gray V-neck sweater, and the Mister Robinson family man persona is always perceived as innocent while the 6-foot-5, Black guy with multiple tattoos and a “tricked” out black sports car is guilty of all charges.
Yes. These old stereotypes and storylines never end.
White saint. Black devil.
White coach. Black Thug.
Even in 2011, the formula is still the same.
“We are conditioned to blame the athlete and not the coaches.” said Rob Gilmore, ESPN College Football Analyst.
“We have to be mindful in society; we are conditioned to blame the young African-American male for problems. We have to be aware of the image portrayed, particular here, when we have a fatherly 58 year old, white male coach that has been portrayed as a good guy, who did a bad thing.”
“And juxtapose that with a young African-American, who is demonized as a guy, who was selfish and not a team player.”
Unfortunately, ESPN College Football Analyst Rob Gilmore is correct with his assessment of the current scandal causing shock waves through out college football.
We hate to inject race into the equation but we must explore the subject from all angles.
Besides, we all know that the corruption in college football runs rampant through out the country. Therefore, we can’t sit back and allow the media to subconsciously put all the blame on Terrelle Pryor.
And that’s exactly what they are trying to do.
But blaming Pryor for Tressel’s firing, is like blaming “the slave” who steals food from the “master’s table” while the people in the community try desperately to convince the courts that the slave is a “criminal” and the “master” is a good Christian man, who never beats his slave without reason and allows him to take a day off from “working in the fields” on Sunday in order to go to church to hear him preach about honesty and integrity.
In other words, it is absolutely ridiculous and hypocritical as hell.
We, however, can’t let Pryor off the hook without scolding him.
He must take responsibility for his actions.
Pryor, unfortunately, failed to remember the old school rule that you must “do the right thing even when nobody is looking.”
In Pryor’s case, however, “doing the right thing,” may be a hard thing to do, especially, when you see everybody around you doing the wrong thing and cashing in while doing it.
Oddly, the system is designed to reward the wrongs of the wealthy and punish the decisions of the poor.
This is the reality of college football.
And until, college athletes are paid,there will be more sports cars outside of team meetings while another head coach announces his resignation.