Plantation talk at the University of Colorado:
After learning through a campus climate survey that some African-American students said they didn’t feel valued and supported on the Boulder campus, the chancellor began meeting regularly with students and staff to try to better understand the problem.
“(The staff member) said that even though the black football players and men’s basketball players are getting a free education and a free ride, everything they do pays for the young white female playing tennis or on the golf team or track and field,” DiStefano said. “He said they talk about being part of ‘The Plantation,’ that their sweat and tears are really for other people, not for them.”
He said he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about that story since he heard it.
“It’s one of the reasons our black athletes don’t come back to campus,” DiStefano said.
It’s what you get when you live in a world where money matters above all else.
The point here isn’t to rail about the unfairness of amateurism, believe it or not. It’s to point out that if the schools are serious about protecting that protocol, they need to do a better job of making sure their black student-athletes don’t feel so alienated. That probably means offering a little more than “you’ve got a scholarship, so shut the hell up and play”.