The Black “Zombie” Athlete


The Black athlete soldier, unlike his counterpart, mirrors his urban brother.  He, the Black male, yearns redemption through athletic.  His scarred palms, paint his predicament exactly: athletic drugs and fascination, do not exist.  His dreams die before sunrise.  The Black athlete lives and die repeatedly believing, “What If”?  redemptive imagination, no longer running hot, the dark clouds, strangle his oxygen.  His brief thoughts, sunken tightly in a bent brow, says, I am not this cause.  I am not this monster, although, one cannot read or think critically. My blame, lay among others, the others that paved my path to illiteracy.  The Black athlete is not alone in this exploration, yet, his urban warrior yearns his deliverance.  Coaches, teachers, and the hood drove darkness together, never checking the revere mirror. Not engaging the speeding car, analysts predicted dark clouds ahead, you may want to get off the road, and wait this out.  Fuck no, wait what out, its just rain, The Black athlete, arrogant and gloomy, presses the gas.

The invisible storm stirs, The Black athlete’ hell predicted, flushing poorly constructed thoughts is not a savior.  No more cheers, his alter ego, transform him into the urban or rural warrior, his dark skin cursed. The powerful strut, his athletic chest sunken, the invisibleness apparent.  Not yet to the Black Athlete…he doesn’t give a shit.  No acadphotoemic institution provided, “no, you can’t play ball, you cannot think and read critically”.  Nonetheless, he storms into the abyss, thinking to describe his death.  He stumbles breathing, as the dark smoke, strangles his Black ass to invented death.

His coded pillow, signal terror, and an unimaginable fate, the tears begin again, and again.  What community or society permits such an academic holocaust?  The Black Athlete’ salvation is imaginary, intoxicated dreams, yet, nightmares. He silently sings, his voice sickens the authentic student, she realizes he’s on academic death row.  His death secured, “take it like a man, and go back where you came from”. From where, shall I venture, for whom shall hear my sorrows?  To the whore’ blossom shall grant redemption, heroin numb feelings, I’m slowing into my place…everything fine now..I’ll sleep a bit. When the sky bleeds sunlight my spirit will awake. I’ll be different, momma, I’ll be nice…I’m scared momma: I don’t know how to read and write.  What will they do to me?

What will they do to me?

Boy stop your only got three years to serve.  Your sister say hey,  she miss you. Your son ask about you every day, I didn’t want to bring him, I don’t want him to see you like this.  What you reading in here…son you have to read, that’s only way you get somewhere.  How’s your cousin doing, what cellblock is he in…don’t they fight over there a lot.   Yea, momma, it’s lots of violence in here, the slightest thing can blow up..I wish, I would have listened and learn reading and writing.  None of that boy, you in here now so think about getting out.  There are no jobs out there…just don’t give up son.  Don’t die alive in prison.  I’m praying every day momma, every day.

The Invisible Dragon


In the Dead Zone of Capitalism: Lessons on the Violence of Inequality from Chicago

“What is taking place in Chicago is a window into a savage form of capitalism that transfers public wealth into private hands, believes that individuals have the right to profit from the loss of public goods and dissolves public considerations into private troubles.”  Read full article here: In the Dead Zone of Capitalism by Henry A. Giroux





The 3 Bad Habits of Youth Football Coaches

Not all youth football coaches are effective coaches.  The obsession with youth sport in our society is unambiguous; many children will participate in youth sports this fall, and will be coached mostly by adult males.  Parents bestow upon these men their child’s talents to be actualized.  Yet, one significant issue is the lack of formal education in child learning theories, athletic training, and effective coaching strategies these coaches possess.  We have to begin to ask: what comprehensive formal training have these coaches received?   As is general knowledge, youth football coaches come from all walks of life.  There are good coaches, mediocre ones, and some who should never engage children under any circumstances.  I have collected a few negative coaching characteristics that should raise red flags with parents.  The purpose is to help bring awareness to youth football coaches’ education and to empower parents.

Unfit Literacies and Languages

“This is War.”  “Knock his head off.” “Punish him”.  I hope this does not come as a surprise, but youth football is not war.  Nevertheless war euphemisms commonly find their way into the youth sports arenas, and they should be prohibited.  Moreover, the health and safety of young athletes can be compromised due to coaches’ literacies and languages.  What languages are utilized to train your child are as important as the physical training drill.  Let’s be absolutely clear, there is no room for explosive military lexicons in youth football training.  Parents: listen to youth coaches and politely object to coaches using military euphemisms.  Youth sport does not resemble war and neither should youth coaches’ languages.


Youth coaches cheat; not all, but some.  They will deflate air from footballs so their players can hide the ball from opponents, or spray non-stick fluid on jerseys and pants, or deceive officials about a child’s age.  As we know, youth football programs are headed up by very competitive and egotistical people, mostly males.  For these individuals, winning is at the heart of what they do and winning at all cost is an admired behavior.  One of the most important issues with youth sport, however, is its lack of formal regulation and oversight.   These organizations ultimately are their own overseers.  Sadly, if winning at all cost is a program’s philosophy then cheating may become a cultural norm.  As a consequence, your son may become an unwilling partner in deception.  Winning is not a replacement for moral character.  Parents must be steadfast in not accepting the “winning at all cost” mantra and challenge coaches’ poor sportsmanship.   Just remember coaches who cheat are also cheating your son.

Coaches Bias/Sons

All too often youth coaches who coach their sons are biased; it is difficult to keep the roles of parent and coach separate.  Numerous parents have witnessed youth coaches place their own sons either at quarterback or running back routinely.  It comes as no surprise these positions are the most prestigious at all levels of football.  There is increasing concern that only a few players are being highlighted in youth sport, and as a result many players will be assessed as being not talented enough when that is not necessarily the case.  This is not fun.  All youth players should play, no matter what.  I warn parents, however, that approaching a youth coach about his son’s unfair advantageous is sticky.  Remember most of these programs have limited regulation and oversight and some coaches can become quite offended when their authority is brought into question.  If you feel that a coach is providing an unfair playing field politely indicate your concerns and require an explanation.  If it is not resolved take it to the league’s administration.  Youth sport is about fun for everyone’s children, not just a select few.


I love youth sport, specifically football; however, these issues need to be addressed.  Military languages used in training young football players are an absolute abomination.  War is war, sport is sport, and there is no direct correlation between the two.  Second, cheating to win a football contest is despicable and we need to run these coaches out of the leagues.  Finally, the bias that coaches have for their sons playing more than other kids is a direct affront to all athletes.  The obsession with youth sport will begin to dwindle by regulating coaches’ behaviors.  Athletes and parents are the victims when coaches are undereducated and misguided.

Robert A. Williams, MS.Ed.

Robert is a former youth, high school, college, and professional football player.  He has spent most of his life in and around football.  One of his quests is to bring more holistic instructions and training into youth sport.  He believes that many lessons are being missed because too many coaches have poor instructional and training habits.  He hopes to bring his expertise to help bring a more fun and less competitive atmosphere for children involved in sport. Presently, Robert is a doctoral student in the program for curriculum and instruction in literacy education at Northern Illinois University.

‘Poor Black Kids’ Should Work Harder To Escape Poverty, Says Forbes Writer

Did you ever stop to wonder what life would be like for you if you were a poor black kid? Here’s a hint: you probably wouldn’t be allowed to write about your feelings on the matter for Forbes! Or get a reporter from Forbes to travel to where you live to ask what it’s actually like, because where’s the currency in having access to poor black children? So, we are apparently left with the musings of self-professed “middle aged white guy who comes from a middle class white background” Gene Marks, who writes about “the business of technology” and really should have stuck to that. He says that if he were a poor black kid, he’d just work harder and use CliffsNotes and popular web apps to, you know, conquer the grinding world of institutionalized poverty.

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Cal State campuses overwhelmed by remedial needs

By Matt Krupnick

Posted: 12/11/2011 04:33:25 PM PST
Updated: 12/12/2011 04:58:59 AM PST

Wracked with frustration over the state’s legions of unprepared high school graduates, the California State University system next summer will force freshmen with remedial needs to brush up on math or English before arriving on campus.  But many professors at the 23-campus university, which has spent the past 13 years dismissing students who fail remedial classes, doubt the Early Start program will do much to help students unable to handle college math or English.

“I’m not at all optimistic that it’s going to help,” said Sally Murphy, a communications professor who directs general education at Cal State East Bay, where 73 percent of this year’s freshmen were not ready for college math. Nearly 60 percent were not prepared for college English.

“A 15-hour intervention is just not enough intervention when it comes to skills that should have been developed over 12 years,” Murphy said.

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