By Scott N. Brooks
The fable of the normal black athlete is common, although it’s often noted merely whilst a activities commentator or famous person embarrasses himself by means of bringing it up in public. these gaffes are speedily decried as racist, yet except their hyperlink to the lengthy heritage of gruesome racial stereotypes approximately black people—especially men—they also are damaging simply because they vague very actual, hard-fought accomplishments. As Black males Can’t Shoot demonstrates, such successes at the basketball court docket don’t occur simply because of average gifts—instead, they develop out of the lengthy, tricky, and unpredictable strategy of turning 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 group 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 courtroom in addition to their issues at domestic. Black males Can’t Shoot is a relocating coming-of-age tale that counters the idea that basketball purely exploits young ones and lures them into following empty dreams—and indicates us that through enjoying ball, a few of these younger black males have already started their schooling even ahead of they get to college.
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Black Men Can't Shoot by Scott N. Brooks