I am too busy doing other stuff today (classes start soon!), but I wanted to get this down for future discussion.
“The integration of intercollegiate sports n the mid-1970s created an insatiable appetite for black athletes, which in turn triggered a strip-mining of black communities across the United States. Talented young black athletes and their families were wooed and pursued with the promise of scholarships and, often, material gifts…On the conveyor belt, young athletes quickly learn that easy passage through a white-controlled system is contingent upon ‘not rocking the boat,’ not being a ‘troublemaker,’ and making those in power feel comfortable with the athletes’ ‘blackness.'”
Lots to unpack there. I think there are better metaphors than ‘slavery’ for explaining the relationship of college athletes (black and white) to their institutions, as Richard Southall and I have explained. But the notion of ‘domestication’ that Rhoden evokes in the above quote seems especially relevant in light of recent events in Missouri.