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Delusions of Grandeur
Transcript of Delusions of Grandeur
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In article “Delusion of grandeur”, Henry Louis Gates focuses on more African-Americans choose to become professional athletes rather than they do of matching the achievements of some famous blacks in medical field or political field. He also argues about several causes are come from the failure of public schools’ education system, society and television advertisement.
In his opinion, he advocates schools and society should stop using young blacks as “cannon fodder” in the big-business wars of sports like Roman gladiator to entertain everyone, instead of training a young black’s body to training his or her mind is more important.
Therefore, Gates’ remarks, a young black must be taught that sports are not the only avenue of opportunity; this should be the responsibility of school education system and society of America.
How the relates to other reading?
This reading includes
(Athletes, dentists, doctors…)
(Male& Female athletes)
The author writes “The education of African-American youngsters”
What is the 'Common' between these Stars?
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Reading 104: Final Project
Ao Hu- Gavin
What is the story 'Delusions of Grandeur'?
A little info about author
They are all
In Chenghao's opinion,
not only African- Americans want to be famous athletes, many young kids want to be a famous singer and athletes, because sports and music relates to young generation culture and pop culture. These culture are easily attracted by young generation.
In Gavin's opinion,
• The American education system should improve
• The thoughts of African-American youngsters should change
• The Blind pursuit has a fatal effect
Henry Louis Gates, Jr (1950)
-Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University
- 4 hour documentary film called "Black in Latin America"
- The first to receive the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
delusions of grandeur among African American youngsters
There are total 35 million African Americans, but only 1,200 black professional athletes in the US
=>0.003% = chance to win a lottery
12 times more black lawyers
2.5 times more black dentists
12 times more black doctors
more opportunity to become a professional athlete than those
The failure of schools to educate athletes is a part of failure to educate everyone. They can’t perform minimum math and language tasks – illiterate = athletes
Only 26% earn collegiate level
Becoming educated black professional athlete is extremely difficult
Becoming a lawyer, doctor… does more help for people than winning a Super Bowl. Moreover, it helps black community gets rid of many ills.
We have to fight to help youngster black understand the realities
Stop taking advantages of using black young men. Training black’s mind as his body.
• Educate people that becoming a professional athlete is not easy
• Stop taking advantages of blacks in sports
• Be responsible for our education system
Thank you for listening Our Presentation!
Gates’ use of monotone data to talk about the black youths reveals that he has traditional view of American society and does not realize the change of the environment. He also argues about several causes are come from the failure of public schools’ education system, society and television advertisement. Gates’ remarks, a young black must be taught that sports are not the only avenue of opportunity; this should be the responsibility of school education system and society of America.