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  1. phyllis green

    Marcia,

    Thank you for continuing to work in this area; please don’t be silent! Can I forward your blog link to the president of my university (Michigan)?

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    1. Marcia

      Dear Phyllis,
      Thank you for reading and for your comment. I appreciate your encouragement. Please do forward it far and wide. There are more and more people trying to get the word out. Universities should be taking the lead. Maybe pressure from alumni will help them take that step.
      Peace,
      Marcia

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  2. Jim Schultz

    I may be in the minority, but as a Ohio country boy, the first time I bought gas in 1961 Mississippi, I was appalled that there could even exist a “black” and a “white” bathroom. I attended a small Ohio college and my first Chemistry lab partner in 1958 was a young black man, my age, and I never thought about this until I had my drive through MS. Our response should be, to the UNC Administration and the coaches, shame on you for not protecting the young men (and women) under your care.

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    1. Marcia

      Thank you for sharing some of your story and perspective, Jim. I echo your feelings of disappointment and even outrage about the University’s failure to be an advocate or even simply secure independent advocates for the players who are a part of this community, too. I hope we can all use this as a chance to learn and get better at being a community where equity, justice, and listening to the voices of those who are the most deeply affected are of the highest priority. Peace, Marcia

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  3. Beverly

    So powerful, Marcia. And so true about truth-telling. I’ll keep on if you do!

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  4. Marcia, this is wonderful to hear–that dialogue is happening and stories are emerging. You can’t squelch the truth forever.

    From a fan perspective, I’m appalled by the differing language certain commentators use about black and white players. Black players and their “athleticism” and white players’ “basketball IQ.” I’ve also see fan cults around certain white players–billed by the ignorant as the Great White Hopes of Basketball–that are fairly disturbing because they play into centuries-old racial caste systems. A lot of fandom around certain teams is laden with racial hatred, because in some minds, as with the Tea Party’s, it’s about “restoring the order” and “bringing back the right (white?) way.”

    There’s a lot of subterfuge, there are plenty of lies, and there are many facades that once peeled away, we learn that the person we thought to be the devil is actually doing things by the book, and the guy we thought to be our best bud, the one we could have a beer with, is actually a fraud.

    This is true of all institutions where humans get involved, and with all the pomp and circumstance and celebrity status of sports, we tend to get carried away by icons, mascots, colors, and allegiances. We have to hover on the edge of insanity and stay aware lest we get carried away into a kind of fascism that convinces us only Evil exists on the other side. So it’s not surprising that we color code the Good and Evil and bring race, the same type of fascist thought, right into the sports arena.

    Lyn

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    1. Marcia

      Lyn, thank you for these insights. The narratives of privilege have dominated the public conversation so far. And issues of race and privilege have been ignored, pushed aside in favor of buzz words like “integrity” and “honor.” I hope the tide is turning and more voices are being heard. I hope you will keep reading and commenting.
      Peace,
      Marcia

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  5. David Schmidt

    It may be difficult at times to keep on carrying the flag, but if you don’t, the truth will not emerge.

    The NCAA and the universities should first and foremost be concerned about the well being of their student-athletes, and everything should flow from there. The primary concerns should not be money or reputation.

    What in the world is going on with the UNC investigation? Cam Newton gets a ruling in 24 hours, Ohio State gets one quickly, and months go by with UNC. What really happened? Who made mistakes? How can everyone learn from this?

    Thank you for your courage and strength and perseverance. You are making a difference.

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    1. Marcia

      Thank you, David, for your important comments and your excellent questions. What is going on with the UNC investigation? We’ve wondered that for going on two years. There has been so much secrecy. I wonder, too, why the local press is not more interested in the stories underneath the secrecy. They have gotten fixated on things like Butch Davis’ phone records instead of seeking the truth about how players were treated, how rights were denied/violated, and how innocent people have been profoundly harmed by these mistakes and missteps. I wonder why local media are not more interested in these layers of the story. In the meantime, John and I will keep speaking about these issues. I hope you will stay tuned for my post about the Taylor Branch panel last night.
      Peace,
      Marcia

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