Skip to comments.The White Flight From Football
Posted on 02/04/2019 3:11:45 PM PST by GuavaCheesePuff
Shantavia Jackson signed her three sons up for football to keep them out of trouble. As a single mother who works the night shift at a Home Depot warehouse 50 minutes away from her house, Jackson relies on the sport to shield the boys from gang activity in her rural Georgia county. They began in a local league five years ago when they were still little, their helmets like bobbleheads on their shoulders. Now 11, 12, and 14, they play in games across the region. Jackson says she passed up a daytime shift at Home Depot so that she can drive them to games and cheer them on.
Over time, the boys coaches have become mentors, making sure their athletes get good grades and stay off the streets. They take the boys on field trips to the beach and to Busch Gardens. Jacksons eldest son, Marqwayvian McCoyor Qway, as she calls himhas particularly thrived. Jackson says Qway has been diagnosed with schizoaffective bipolar disorder, which sometimes manifests in bursts of anger and an inability to focus at school. Now his teammates help him when he gets stuck in his studies and look up to him for his prowess on the field. Theyve nicknamed him Live Wire because he can hit so hard.
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Hurt the kid because you can't hurt the dad. New insight for me.
Football. The Detroit of sports....
Like the NBA, the NFL has become a TV show of large, mostly black, men exerting themselves for a few minutes.
Sounds like you got this thing down.
I’ll take your word for it; the black guy speaking was basically saying interviews were granted where it was a foregone conclusion that the candidate wasn’t even being considered.
I once heard a fourth grade teacher laughingly tell of a student of hers named, Monkee—his single mom demanded his name be pronounced Monkay.
“This article brings 2 points home to me. First, according to this article, playing professional football will be akin to coal mining-it has a large potential for bodily harm. So poor folks with limited other options will play pro football as an attempt to grab the brass ring and get out of poverty, to entertain black and white viewers both, while whites will opt for soccer and less dangerous sports.”
Yep, I doubt black folk would take to basketball... ;-)
Plus, we all know there are no poor white folk.
The article is absurd, really.
You earned your screenname with that LOLpost!
“And thats where Sam Taggards kids have an advantage over Shantavia Jacksons. Throughout the country, affluent school districts offer more extracurricular activities than poorer districts, and upper-income parents can pay for more activities outside of school.”
I assume “playing” is a thing of the past? I played lots of sports as a kid, but none of them were organized by adults.
Yes, and you're still a racist you white-privilege male homophobe. (Had to throw that last one in there, it's kinda obligatory these days.)
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