Why You Should be Rooting For Duke Tonight

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By Paul Schmidt

Let me tell you a story. There’s a small school, competing against a bunch of larger ones. They a plucky bunch of overachievers — underdogs, if you will. They might even be described as scrappy.

They are constantly beating up on bigger schools on a great run through the post-season tournament. They continue to beat these larger schools until they come up against one of the state’s biggest schools, a team full of athletes. The underdogs, improbably, win that state title.

Now, replace “scrappy” in the first paragraph with “white”.  Replace the word “athletes” in the second paragraph with “African-Americans.”

That’s your plot to the movie Hoosiers. Sounds just a little racist, doesn’t it? [Read more…]