By Scott N. Brooks
The fable of the common black athlete is frequent, notwithstanding it’s frequently spoke of in simple terms while a activities commentator or big name embarrasses himself by means of bringing it up in public. these gaffes are rapidly decried as racist, yet except their hyperlink to the lengthy background of gruesome racial stereotypes approximately black people—especially men—they also are destructive simply because they vague very actual, hard-fought accomplishments. As Black males Can’t Shoot demonstrates, such successes at the basketball courtroom don’t take place simply because of common gifts—instead, they develop out of the lengthy, tricky, and unpredictable technique of changing into a recognized player.
Scott Norman Brooks spent 4 years training summer season league basketball in Philadelphia. And what he observed, heard, and felt operating with the younger black males on his staff tells us a lot approximately how a few childrens may be able to make the extreme trip from the ghetto to the NCAA. He tells the tale of 2 younger males, Jermaine and Ray, following them via their highschool years and chronicling their breakthroughs and frustrations at the court docket in addition to their problems at domestic. Black males Can’t Shoot is a relocating coming-of-age tale that counters the assumption that basketball in basic terms exploits children and lures them into following empty dreams—and exhibits us that via taking part in ball, a few of these younger black males have already started their schooling even sooner than they get to college.
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