A slave’s education is of little value to its master.
Some of Thomas Jefferson’s slaves were taught enough to understand written instructions and perform their duties, but the vast majority learned nothing from the third president of the United States.
At the University of North Carolina, players attend “fake classes,” reports ESPN in a video.
It is more than a bit ironic that the report is on Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.
As explained in the ESPN segment, North Carolina players were allegedly put in fake classes in the African-American Studies department that didn’t require regular attendance and gave a passing grade to almost anyone.
In the ESPN report, former player Deunta Williams said his academic advisor told him of the easy classes.
The advisor’s job, Williams told ESPN, “isn’t necessarily to make Deunta Williams a better person. A smarter person. Their job … is to make sure I’m eligible to play.”
Williams, who said he had no GPA troubles while at UNC, said coaches knew if players needed to boost their grades they should be directed to “paper classes” that only required a report be turned in to make an “easy B.”
The head of UNC’s African-American studies program, Julius Nyang’oro, resigned in December after being indicted for being paid to teach a class that never met. That class was filled with 18 football players and one former player, reports The Raleigh News & Observer.
The News & Observer also reported Nyang’oro awarded a B-plus for an upper-level class a student took before his first full semester as a freshmen – one in which he was slated to take remedial writing.
In February, UNC said it had hired an independent investigator to look into “academic irregularities.”
I’ve written before about former UNC professor Mary Willingham, who first revealed that many UNC athletes were illiterate.
Willingham, who has received death threats for speaking out, says the NCAA has never contacted her about the allegations.
Williams says the NCAA just wants their message to get out — college athletes should not be paid.
Work on America’s last plantation continues.
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