Why Are There So Many Black Athletes?

“…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.

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