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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
I grew up loving the sport of football. I used to dream that one day, if I worked hard enough, I’d have a chance to run with the greats of the NFL. After all, I was the second fastest kid in my class, I watched every game every Sunday, and I was able to run over the other kids in my neighborhood when we played in the park.
When I look back at the fact that I, like so many young black males, identified myself as more athletic than intellectual, I realize what a serious problem we have in our community. Sports and athletic gifts are actually a curse on the black male, since our ability to run faster and jump higher than everyone else can often lead us to give up everything for a dream that rarely comes true.