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haskins
Don Haskins was coach of Texas Western, the first all black team that won the US college national championship back in 1966. There's currently a great movie about it, Glory Road. What I find so funny is that like many good ideas out of time, they seem so obvious with hindsight. Basically, this guy "discovered" that a team of African Americans would be better than your average team. Given that the NBA is currently 80% black, the best players are black, creating a team of black bastketball players to compete against a bunch of all-white guys seems a no-brainer. It's like someone discovering that Jews make good lawyers, gays make good fashion designers, or Asian girls good contortionists. But at one point, noting that blacks were good at basketball took not only intelligence but courage.

I think this shows that when discrimination is at work, there's an opportunity. If the truth diverges from conventional wisdom, it's better to take advantage than lament. The West likes a winner more than anything else. As unfair as life is, it is still ultimately meritocratic more than ever before, and much more than many believe.
Patrick R. Sullivan (guest) meinte am 16. Jan, 16:58:
Integration at Alabama
Bear Bryant famously remarked that USC fullback Sam Cunningham did more in one afternoon (4 touchdowns) for integrating the U of Alabama than Martin Luther King in his entire career. By which he meant that it was obvious they couldn't compete against teams that had no racial barriers.