By Scott N. Brooks
The delusion of the common black athlete is frequent, although it’s frequently spoke of simply whilst a activities commentator or star embarrasses himself by means of bringing it up in public. these gaffes are speedily decried as racist, yet except their hyperlink to the lengthy historical past of grotesque racial stereotypes approximately black people—especially men—they also are destructive simply because they vague very genuine, hard-fought accomplishments. As Black males Can’t Shoot demonstrates, such successes at the basketball courtroom don’t occur simply because of normal gifts—instead, they develop out of the lengthy, tricky, and unpredictable technique of turning into a identified player.
Scott Norman Brooks spent 4 years training summer time league basketball in Philadelphia. And what he observed, heard, and felt operating with the younger black males on his workforce tells us a lot approximately how a few young children may be able to make the intense 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 issues at domestic. Black males Can’t Shoot is a relocating coming-of-age tale that counters the assumption that basketball basically exploits young ones and lures them into following empty dreams—and exhibits us that through enjoying ball, a few of these younger black males have already started their schooling even sooner than they get to college.
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