Black Athletic Dominance - Reality or Myth

Ryan Jones aka @TheFarmerJones sparked a series of tweets from more than 20 people by posting this simple tweet. "My 6-year-old just asked me why basketball teams have so many black people. Thoughts?" Read More
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Farmer Jones @thefarmerjones
My 6-year-old just asked me why basketball teams have so many black people. Thoughts?
Nubyjas Wilborn @nwilborn19
Tell him the truth RT @thefarmerjones: My 6-year-old just asked me why basketball teams have so many black people. Thoughts?
Carolyn Edgar @carolynedgar
@nwilborn19 @thefarmerjones because black people are awesome and so is basketball.
Steve @SteveVanHorn63
@thefarmerjones teams don't care about color of player they just take the best. God will explain why most black players are better athletes
Farmer Jones @thefarmerjones
@SteveVanHorn63 Fair points. Doesn't really answer my kid's question tho...
Kevin Love @kevinlove
@thefarmerjones the fact you say you haven't noticed makes you less of a father...atleast for today. Don't lie to your kid man. Think future
Farmer Jones @thefarmerjones
@kevinlove You know what's funny? I honestly didn't think of you when I thought of white ballplayers. I guess b/c you have so much soul...
Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2
Re 6 yr. old @thefarmerjones My note to a young BB player may give you some insight: http://bit.ly/gPHaLL
Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2
RE 6 yr old @thefarmerjones @kaj33 "On the Shoulders of Giants" might help U explain blacks dominance in Basketball: http://bit.ly/inIu01

@kaj33 "On The Shoulders of Giants"

Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2
Round table discussion with @kaj33 & high school students - discussing "On the Shoulders of Giants:" http://bit.ly/k716pf Good Stuff!
KEENO WHITFIELD ΩΨΦ /G\ @keenowhitfield
@ClarenceGaines2 @thefarmerjones The answer to that is on Oct 31st, 1950 Earl Lloyd was the first black to play in the nba! He's the reason!
Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2
I know you love Earl Lloyd @keenowhitfield @thefarmerjones but it runs deeper than that,the historical legacy of Earl & others is a factor.
Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2
Great ? asked by @thefarmerjones How do U explain to a 6 yr. old why blacks dominate NBA basketball? Great blog subject. Part cultural, deep
Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2
A deep & abiding love for the sport, hard work, emphasis within the community & society. Initially, Economic barriers are low in playing BB
Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2
The most physically talented black kids are funneled & exposed to basketball at an early age. Doesn't happen in baseball;football close 2nd.
Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2
Some of you would be surprised at the level of participation in youth track & field by black athletes.
Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2
In California, the best youth track & field programs & meets are run by black parents. Well run & great experience: http://bit.ly/kYdHNH
Jared Krouss @jaredkrouss
@ClarenceGaines2 Would you attribute the lack of African American participation in baseball to the economic aspect of sport (cost of equip)
Jared Krouss @jaredkrouss
@ClarenceGaines2 Or is is just a total lack of cultural interest in sport?
Jared Krouss @jaredkrouss
@ClarenceGaines2 Grew up in a very suburban white area, so I fear I may lack perspective on this topic.
Jared Krouss @jaredkrouss
@ClarenceGaines2 Other thought I had was that inner city youths may lack facilities to play at. I now live in Balt. City
Jared Krouss @jaredkrouss
@ClarenceGaines2 and outside of predominantly white South Baltimore, there are no fields for youths to learn game at.
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