The National Baseball Hall Of Fame

2132 WordsDec 14, 20169 Pages
Capstone Paper They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, sometimes a number can be worth even more than that. Here are some numbers: there have been 50 Super Bowl games played in football history. 312 people are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall Of Fame. There are 347 college basketball teams in Division One of the NCAA. And, in 2015, 1,134 young black men were killed by police in the United States of America. 1,134 people, in one year. That is almost 22 people each week, that is slightly more than three people a day. The issue of social justice, more specifically the relationship between police and the black community, is not new. Whose job is it to stand up for them? Politicians, a friendly neighbor, or athletes? There have been many examples of athletes taking stands for issues they believe in. The very presence of athletes like Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens represented a challenge, even if they were not actively marching on the street. Others, such as Colin Kaepernick, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos, were more directly confrontational, using symbols of protest during the national anthem. Many people look up to athletes like they are gods, however, should the burden fall on them to have to solve these social problems? No, it should not. Athletes may draw attention to a problem, though they should not be expected to solve them. In the past year, the issue of police brutality has become one of the most controversial issues in the United
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