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Sports Valuable Lessons Overcome Racial Divide

Thursday, 07 April 2016 01:50 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Villanova University's Ryan Arcidiacono is white.

And Kris Jenkins, who made the most clutch, buzzer-beating shot in NCAA Tournament Championship history, is black.

But when Arch made the perfect pass to Jenkins with just a second to play in a tie game, he didn’t see his teammate’s skin.

Instead, the only colors he saw were Nova’s Blue and White.

When the team and coaches rushed the court, they didn’t segregate themselves by color or ethnicity. Instead, they celebrated as family.

And fans rooting around the country frequently did so with strangers (many of whom were a different color), who quickly became their friends, as camaraderies developed that transcended race, creed, and ethnicity.

It was as if the stories depicting racial divisions tearing America apart didn’t exist.

Was this just a fleeting moment of civility, when watching March Madness made people forget that they’re “supposed” to dislike others whose skin is different than their own?

And now that it’s over, and the euphoria has passed, will we all go back to our “normal,” narrow-minded views of how we perceive those who are different?

Nope. And for good reason.

Americans don’t have a racial problem. America does. And there’s a world of difference.

Sports can teach us a lot about life, and even more about ourselves. We learn from a young age (political correctness notwithstanding) the value of winning graciously and losing honorably.

We learn that working together as a team trumps the all-about-me individual concerned only with personal glory.

We learn that losing doesn’t have to mean failing, and that coming up short is the best motivation to picking ourselves up and getting right back out there, smarter, wiser, and humbler.

We learn that from the ashes of our mistakes comes the opportunity for rebirth, the unique human ability to change, adapt, and overcome so that we can better ourselves, and those around us.

We learn that through grit and sheer determination, no obstacle is insurmountable, and that underdogs can rule the day.

And most of all, we learn that seeing others through colorblind eyes always generates the most success.

The values that make teams great don’t change depending on the level of play; they are the same for pros and youths alike. And they also hold true for our families, communities, and workplaces.

So if we understand these principles, why is the racial gulf widening?

Because not enough have the courage to stand up when it matters most, to be a voice of reason when that means going against some of “your own” when racial debates arise.

Many fear being labeled a racist, a bigot, or a sell-out, so remain quiet when they should be speaking out — loud and clear.

So the agenda-driven extremists on both sides win.

After all, in the absence of rational voices, the fringe always gets the headlines.

And the racial wars become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

That’s the saddest thing, because with each successive generation, the racist tendencies of both blacks and whites continue to dissipate, as Americans’ tolerance and progressiveness (small “p”) replace such divisions.

There will always be the prejudiced, but in America, that minority continues to shrink, as coworkers, teammates, and neighbors evolve their racial sensibilities.

And that’s why we can’t let the extremists win.

But too many of America’s leaders on both sides remain silent.

So instead, we have race-baiters obsessed with self-promotion and enrichment, placaters who think appeasement is the answer, and social engineers who want racial double standards codified into law.

The result is chaos and sometimes violence, with the gulf widening, to the delight of the dividers, but to the detriment of we the people.

We can’t have double-standards and expect relations to be “normal.” They won’t be. Ever.

Resentment builds, tensions flare, and things eventually explode.

Racial discrimination, in all its forms, must be battled.

If we ever hope to eradicate racial tensions, “equal opportunity for all, special treatment for none” must be our motto, with race merely an afterthought.

Success in America must never come because, or at the expense, of race. When it does, we all lose a part of what makes us so special, our common bond: being Americans, and ultimately, members of the only “race” that matters: the human race.

The Villanova Wildcats won because they showed their true “colors” by never forgetting who they were, and what they fought for.

They never stopped believing, and their stunning achievement will be remembered for generations to come.

The classic movie “Remember The Titans” ends with the narrator stating: “People say that it can't work, black and white. Here, we make it work every day.

We still have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans.”

For this generation, let’s remember the Wildcats!

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.


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