Embracing the Black Athlete
Stereotypes have become a very common thing in the United States, almost anywhere you look they can be seen. One of the most common we see in the media, television shows, and every day talk are African American athletes. Stereotypes and generalizations about African Americans and their civilization have been passed down from generation to generation.
One of the most common stereotypes is that African American athletes is that they are poor, uneducated, come from inner city ghetto and they really have nothing significant to offer society. It is evident at the professional and collegiate sports that nothing could’ve further from the truth. There have been many black athletes who have used their platforms to promote their social agendas, political views, religious beliefs. Whether you agree with their views or not high-profile athletes have a powerful influence on our society.
LeBron James is one of the most talented black athletes of all time. He has impacted many views in our society. He came from a very poor neighborhood in Akron, Ohio. He continues to raise awareness about racial equality, freedom of speech, gun control, and many other political and social views. His social media status alone has changed the world. He has more than 10 million Instagram followers, 20 million Facebook followers, and makes over 126,000 dollars per tweet (Parks, 2017). It is obvious from all of his accomplishments that LeBron is an extremely intelligent man who has used his platform and resources to impact the issues that are near to his heart.
Anyone using their platform, regardless of the color of their skin, is a very serious responsibility. When you make your views and opinions public, and use your platform to promote it you must realize that there will be consequences. This recently happened when Colin Kaepernick decided to take a knee during the national anthem. The country seemed to be divided about whether they agreed to his stance on this or not, but there was an was an obvious backlash on his views. He lost his job and no other team in the NFL would pick him up. Although the NFL denied it being because of his political views it was a common assumption that it definitely impacted his career. By the example Colin Kaepernick set there are many choices and consequences. Just because you promote a certain agenda doesn’t mean there is always a positive outcome.
Stephen Curry has had an amazing ability to convey his personal beliefs, political views, and religious beliefs. He has an amazing ability to share his faith through interviews, posts and the scripture that he has engraved on his shoes. He has Philippians 4:13 which reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He also taps his chest and points to the sky agter basket he scores in which he stated, “It basically means to have a heart for God.” Stephen to has recently caused some controversy to not visit the white house. He refused to visit the white house because of Donald Trump and the views that he holds.
Regardless of the color of your skin, where you come from, or what your experiences are, everyone is created for a purpose. God blesses people with abilities, resources, and platforms, how you use those things in your life and with your career is something you will be accountable for at the end of your life. Whether you agree or disagree with the fact the black athletes do have the opportunity to promote their issues on their views and agendas, we have to agree that they have an impact positive or negative. Simply to say that the stereotypical black athlete is uneducated have all lived a life from bad social demographics aren’t intelligent, there could be nothing further from the truth. It is evident that these three young men the world will be changed because of their voice.
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