Cheap Seats columnist Dave McKenna, in the article titled “The New Guard” (4/25), spoke in glowing terms of Georgetown University basketball recruit Matt Causey. The 6-foot all-state guard from Georgia had a sterling performance in the Jordan Brand Capital Classic, scoring 13 points and dishing out eight assists. Causey excited the sellout crowd at the MCI Center with Pete Maravich-like showmanship and skill.
During the Coach John Thompson tenure, Georgetown University basketball did actually recruit white athletes, the same top-tier athletes recruited by the Dukes, the Kansases, and the North Carolinas; however, all of the recruits chose to go elsewhere for reasons too lengthy to discuss in this writing. The irony of it is that it wasn’t that long ago that majority-white-university athletic teams were predominately white, recruiting only the “good” black kids, who for the most part warmed the bench, helping to pave the way for what we see today. Over the past 25 years, majority-white universities have extended athletic scholarships to mainly young black athletes, changing the complexion of major college athletic teams from predominately white to mostly black.
It’s unfortunate that the athletic fields, courts, and arenas have been and continue to be some of the few places in the country where an individual can be judged fairly, based on his talents and abilities rather than the complexion of their skin. Causey was cheered and appreciated by the fans at the MCI Center that evening because he can play, not because of his skin color.
It’s unfortunate that almost everything in America is viewed, tainted, and decided through the prism of race. It’s unfortunate that the majority culturewhite peoplecontinues to view people through the prism of race. If white people could ever find the courage to move from behind the tainted screen of race, the country would be so much better off. Our experiences, personal encounters, and relationships would be so much more rewarding and worthwhile. Then all of us would be able to relax and appreciate an individual’s talents and abilities for what they are and not have them defined by complexion. Maybe, someday.