Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Charles Barkley opens the door to the Iraq at home

Thanks to TrueHoop (and no thanks to TNT.tv or NBA.com which gave no indication there were NBA telecasts on Monday), Poor Man's Commish saw this...
Charles Barkley from TNT last night: “If (Dr. King) were still alive today, as a person who preached non-violence, would he be disturbed at all the violence we have going on in the black community? It does a great disservice to Dr. King with all this black on black crime going on in our communities.”
Remember, I wrote back in the first dreamBlogue entry that I would delve into the scariness of the numbers that our very own James Love fell victim to.

I've been waiting to find the right time to bring this up and thanks to Chuckie, now is the right time...

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4 Comments:

At Fri Jan 19, 07:27:00 PM PST , Blogger dreamleague said...

Census: Kids in poverty have less parent time (CNN, 1/16/2007)

 
At Fri Feb 02, 04:17:00 PM PST , Blogger Robert said...

Rich, I commend your effort and ability in running an awesome league for which i've been a part of for 4 years running. I see the kids who score keep but besides that, how else has DL directly benefitted underprivilage youth out there? If you could post some examples, it would drive in the last nail of the coffin for me so to speak regarding the efforts of DL.

Speaking for myself, i sometimes lose sight of DL's mission statement getting caught up in clerical errors or the game itself. So again, concrete examples of how DL is reaching out to the communities in SF and Oakland (23 yr old just got killed in front of my house 3 days ago via gun) would help many of us in the league appreciate the league itself more.

Cheers!
#94 Elephants

 
At Fri Feb 02, 04:37:00 PM PST , Blogger dreamleague said...

Hi Robert, thanks for reading and playing in the league for so long.

You're right, we don't have any examples posted on our website. We don't have that content yet, except the one for James Love.

Our plan is to have other examples when we revamp our website later this year.

We also plan to have ongoing stories about the kids who are helping with the infrastructure of the league.

Btw, none of this happens unless dreamleague is able to continue drawing people like yourself to our league and fostering the community the way we have.

Furthermore, we currently are working on getting some more resources to achieve our vision: having kids who would otherwise drop out of school or never get hired in a corporate environment run most or almost all of the logistics of the leagues.

We're talking 9-to-5, in front of a computer, doing what I do and what I'm trying to teach others: running a local dreamleague, which entails sales, customer service, operations, etc.

We're far from that point, but believe it or not, we're making baby steps toward that end.

Some of the kids you saw 4 years ago are still working with us in some capacity, and these days those particular kids, who are now young adults, require little to no supervision.

Imagine having that on a grander scale...

 
At Fri Feb 02, 10:17:00 PM PST , Blogger dreamleague said...

Sorry, didn't mean to gloss over the fact that a 23 year-old kid got shot right outside your house.

I hope they track down the killers because, let's not forget, this sort of thing is against the law. But the reality is, if he's a casualty of war and assuming you're not living in the suburbs, no one will be talking about him anymore. It's rather lawless, unfortunately, hence the reference to "war".

So the poor kid will probably be just another statistic. That's a shame because some of these kids, they're really SMART and basically have POTENTIAL. And you have to be smart and have potential to be able to populate, analyze, add up, and enter onto a website a dreamleague scoresheet (for starters).

With the problems in America's education system, GPAs don't tell the story when we're talking about the inner-city-GPA.

There are not many corporate-like environments where kids from the inner city can excel and give quality service to another, perhaps more affluent, customer (you).

In fact, aside from the ones where there's outside help from well-grounded philanthropists like Magic Johnson and his Starbucks and movie theaters, I cannot think of one employer who would welcome a smart kid who has the potential to act like a gentleman in front of his customers and take his work seriously, but with a poor GPA who wears his cap backwards with the tags still on them and jeans five sizes too big...

...except dreamleague.

 

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