“…the vast majority of African Americans, like all Americans, go to ordinary jobs and, in them, do extraordinary things. I say this both to honor working men and women everywhere… and to challenge the belief among all too many of our children that the dream to aim for is a sports scholarship or being drafted by a professional basketball or football team.”
ESPN.com had a paragraph that featured this data point:
“In 2012, there were more black neurologists (411) and black cardiologists (690) by far than all of the black men playing in the NBA (350)!”
and a trackback to an article by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that was titled “Why Are There So Many Black Athletes?” It’s a great read and, of course, the quote about ordinary people doing extraordinary things stuck out to me. Go have a look.