The Plantation Revisited?

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

The avid sports fan that I am, the recent conference realignments caught more than my interest, I was engrossed in it–watching interviews, reading articles, etc. The PAC 10 now is the PAC 12. The Big 12 was on the verge of shuttering, but has survived as the new Big 10 with a rather interesting financial agreement that has Texas sharing the bulk of the revenues. The football gods are smiling on Texas–a proposed television deal, more revenue, what more can you ask for? Revenues. Revenues. Revenues. It seems the move to the mega conferences have one focus, how can we generate more revenues?

The focus of revenues and the NCAA, in this case March Madness (basketball), has been the focus for one University of Georgia professor. Professor Billy Hawkins’ recent release of a controversial book The New Plantation compares today’s college athletics to a plantation system. Professor Hawkins suggests that the NCAA exploits African American athletes. In an AOL Black Voices article, Hawkins says that “as we examine the structure of intercollegiate athletics, the athlete is not necessarily the property of the institutions, but the rights to athletes’ labor and the profit off of their labor makes the plantation model appropriate in examining the experiences of black male athletes.”

For Dr. Boyce Watkins of AOL Black Voices, “the dismal graduation numbers for the NCAA support Dr. Hawkins’ research, in which he argues and shows that black athletes at predominantly white institutions are being exploited while being neglected academically.”

  1. About time! Someone with some information on this. You’d think considering how popular Comic Book Adaptations are nowadays, some information would actually be pretty easy to find. Apparently not. Anyway, thanks for this! I appreciate it!

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