Can The Recent Opening For Paid Student Athletes Help Change Systemic Racism?

Can The Recent Opening For Paid Student Athletes Help Change Systemic Racism?

There are now massive anti-racism protests around the world since the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery (Rest In Paradise). Hopefully, for the better. During this period race riots and COVID-19, sports, and music’s influence has been subdued. Now, these industries are being provoked to be our superheroes to save the day.

It’s evident that sports and music are two of the most influential markets in our society. If we are being honest with ourselves, we know that these industries are dominated by people of color. Those of which have emerged from impoverished neighborhoods. As a result, they have been masked as the only alternative to gang-related survival and underfunded school systems for these neighborhoods across the US.

The main questions now are; What exactly is systemic racism? What can the beneficiaries of the sports and music industry do to help? There are so many sections to break down, so let’s start with one of the catalysts to this system; The infamous NCAA collegiate sports program.

WHAT IS SYSTEMIC RACISM?

Systemic Racism is “inequalities in education, housing, employment, wealth, and representation in leadership positions”. USCCB.org. It is the unconscious and conscious biases that plague our society and provides unfair disadvantages to minorities. Originally, the initial protest was to bring justice to George Floyd. Now that the officers have all been charged, overall systemic racism is now the focus.

The system starts with location. Quality school programs are guarded by territory zoning laws that often don’t allow people of color to get access to the various opportunities that come from living in those areas. With a lack of resources and information your capacity for growth is very limited. Thus, leading to unqualified children that pick up unreliable habits that are not associated with advancement in our society. We will take a deeper on this in a different article but I’m sure you can understand what happens.

YOUNG SUPER HEROES 

One of those cogs in the systemic injustice machine is the exploitation of NCAA athletes. Since we can remember, athletes have been monetized to generate billions of dollars for leaders of school programs that hide behind exciting events like March Madness and The National Championship. That is now all over. Due to some new modern-day heroes, “student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements both related to and separate from athletics” – NPR.org.

Athletes like Lamelo Ball, RJ Hampton, Terrance Ferguson, and more started the process by bypassing the status quo of the NCAA and played their one year removed from high school to overseas.

This led to panic behind the scenes. Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, was quick to implement the G League to give an alternative to going overseas and keep the media value in the US economy. 

High School standouts Isaiah Todd, Jalen Green, and Daishen Nix are today’s student-athlete heroes to force the change. Instead of going to a collegiate program they courageously joined the NBA G League program which set the industry into a frenzy.

Todd is signed with the “SAC Sports Family” ran by rising star agent Seth Cohen. SAC recently formed a strategic alliance with Miami based Hybrid Marketing Agency and Members Club, “Drip Ninja”. This alliance includes “assisting in the development of their off-court lives and careers by supporting each athlete to have control of their own narrative and brand voice“. Pay attention to groups like these to see how everything unravels from here.

I want to be the first to say, let’s use this opportunity to help these new role models be successful in their roles by first promoting good media about them. Highlight their positive accomplishments and characteristics. They are the future leaders of the next generation. This is a fresh opportunity for us to have a positive influence on that outcome. Don’t mess it up.

BLACKOUT AND CELEBRITY RESPONSE

Following a controversial blackout demanded by the music industry on Tuesday, many actions have been taken in response to its backlash. Big donations came from “Warner Music“, Kanye West, “Apple”, and The Weeknd while others held strategic meetings for strategies for direct help. We are all grateful for this, but where are these contributions going, and what solutions are they providing?

Let’s also make sure that we skip the phase of having these celebrities make statements and instead hold them accountable to take ACTION. We always complain when they publicize their contributions. Let them do it in silence. Stop being hypocritical.

ACTION ITEMS AND SOLUTIONS

Now to good stuff. What should we do now? As our children wake up everyday to go play sports or work on their music craft, we should make sure that they are learning the tools to succeed in those industries. Not just on the field, stage, or court but to also be eligible for those jobs in these organizations. One of the main reasons for the continued exploitation is the people that make the decisions don’t come from these neighborhoods or understand what happens there. Here are a few suggestions to look into.

  • Educating student athletes on business etiquette, marketing, and money management.
  • More robust tutoring programs for all student-athletes.
  • Inform our children and young adults about local laws and the importance of voting for those officials in their community.
  • Recommend books and literature that will help expand their brain and learn key strategies from experts.
  • Donate to charitable groups that are directly correlated to causes that matter to you.
  • Self educate yourself on the many elements of systemic racism and pin point where you feel you can impact the most.

CLOSING STATEMENT

It’s extremely unfortunate that it took a global shutdown, unjust murders by our law enforcement, and thousands of businesses to be destroyed for the world to listen to the cries from the pain. The past has happened. What are we going to do NOW for a better future?

It is important to understand that this is an ongoing conversation and soon to be an ongoing practice of new implementations to combat Systemic Racism. By spending time educating our student-athletes they may be in a great position to force a new status quo. This status quo will not be about your amount of jewelry, or the expensive car that you drive. It will be more about investments, acquiring assets, and presenting yourself well in public.

For now, figure out where you fit in and do your best to stay consistent. The next time you feel that you are prejudging take a look in the mirror and understand what it may feel like if that was done to you. It starts with you. It continues through US.

The HUMAN Company | Opening Composition

The HUMAN Company | Opening Composition

This is called a composition because we are students of life.

Composition – the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole. | A work of literature, music, or art | A short piece of writing done as a school exercise.

The Human Company is a campaign based media platform that provokes conscious conversations around Human Nature.

The projects and campaigns that HUMAN produce are thought-provoking or bring value. Each campaign, blog, segment, and film are made to bring excitement and start a conversation that makes us value each other and live on past its initial moment.

Our contributors create not to be forgotten but to create a legacy. We are a real voice for humanity and are looking at this opportunity for that voice to be heard. And for it to be heard, digested, then regurgitated to the ears that need to hear it.

Ears that we as a 3rd culture community trust to carry it out.

By 3rd Culture, I mean a culture where everyone is heard. Where morals derived from human nature take priority over the morals of division. That includes religion, politics, and areas of social or economic hierarchy systems. 

We have seen the good and bad of what our society’s morals have presented us. The good revolves around the fact that it inspires us to strive for more. For the passion to be great. What else are we doing on this planet anyway if we aren’t going to be great?

We would be naive to believe our morals don’t breed bad circumstances for our community. I often welcome it. Understand that it’s also human nature to appear bigger than what you are as a defense. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that in another campaign.

At HUMAN we are here to explain that no one is offended when things are called out. Call it how you see it. If you’re offended, then deal with it. To provoke change we must attack the status quo. Life is not easy but positivity and understanding get us through tough times. 

What is the meaning of Human Nature anyway? The definition of human nature claims that it is natural ways of behaving that most people share.

So, what are some of the “ways of behaving that we share”? We all swear, we all lust, we all want more money, we all want to travel the world, we all have different paths, but there is one thing about Human Nature that binds us all together. WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE.

So let’s have fun while we do it! Here at The Human Company, we exchange ideas, we hear each other out, we learn, we have fun, we make money together, and most importantly, we live our lives by the morals that are inside us, not by what we are told.

Welcome to a new paradigm. This is going to be one amazing ride.