Richard Sherman Lectures Harvard On Race
By Andrew Scot Bolsinger
Seattle Seahawks outspoken and dynamic cornerback Richard Sherman is known as much for his football skills as the comments he makes to the media, both of which he says are intentional actions to upset the false perceptions of black athletes.
Sherman spoke to students at Harvard University this week continuing comments he made in the lead-up to the Super Bowl, according to an article in The Seattle Times.
“I wanted to educate the uneducated,” Sherman said in a discussion at the Harvard Business School. “I felt the need to turn the discussion on its head.”
Joining Sherman were former NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. They spoke twice on campus, once at the business school and another to undergraduates on Harvard Yard. Both topics centered on discussions of race.
Sherman took considerable heat for his on-field antics and trash-talking. After an emotional outburst in the NFC Championship game, commentators started calling the Stanford educated team leader a “thug.”
Sherman said he thought “thug” was just a more acceptable way of slurring black people; he’s never heard it used for whites or Asians, he said, the Times reported.
“If you call Richard Sherman a thug, you have never seen a thug,” Foster told the business school students, drawing a big laugh. “It just blew my entire mind.”
Foster said Sherman used his platform at the Super Bowl to advance the understanding of black athletes.
“To have those discussions at Super Bowl media (day), that’s huge,” he said.
Foxworth compared Sherman to Olympic sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith, who were sent home from the 1968 Summer Games for raising their black-gloved fists to call attention to the plight of blacks in America, the Times reported.
“They worked their entire life to win that sprint, and then they got on the medal stand they put up their fist to let people know we had a problem,” said Foxworth, who played for the Broncos, Falcons and Ravens. “I’m proud of what Richard did. He forced us to have a conversation.”
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com Follow @CriminalUniv on Twitter.
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