A Death in the (Auburn) Family

America could be saved tomorrow: Ban College Football (like Malcolm Gladwell has suggested)

The faster they run, the more touchdowns they make, the whiter they get! (as quoted in Charles H. Martin’s Benching Jim Crow: The Rise and Fall of the Color Line in Southern College Sports, 1890-1980 (Sport and Society) An Auburn University Board of Trustees member in the late 1960s. Auburn would integrate its football team in 1970, when James Owens became the first Black player to wear the Orange and Blue. Now, Auburn University – like most Southeastern Conference (SEC) members schools – primarily recruits Black high school athletes. New member Texas A&M had a recruiting class of 22 players in 2012; only one was white.

Please also read this article on Georgia Tech and legendary coach Bobby Dodd; this article on the University of Georgia and Earl Warren; and this article on Auburn University and the University of Alabama: the state of Alabama’s major cities (Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile) are hell-holes, a reminder of the majority Black population that now lords of these cities that white people have fled from. However, both schools recruit Black athletes for the beloved football programs from these very cities they have fled.

The Opiate of America: College Football in Black and White will be coming out in late July of this year. In it, you will begin to see why ostensibly conservative white people tolerate Black dysfunction in America: because they believe that only Black athletes can play a sport they base their entire life around – and live vicariously through – in college football.

It’s sad. It’s depressing (and it rivals the Afrikaners obsession with rugby which ultimately doomed their nation: remember, South Africa was barred from International Rugby as long as Apartheid existed), and the horrible state of Birmingham, Montgomery, Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus, Mobile, Memphis, Augusta, and Macon is excused away as long as 17 and 18-year-old Black recruits can be plucked away from the mean streets and enticed to play college football for Alabama, Georgia (UGA), Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Florida State, or Auburn University.

Blacks who have no academic business attending even a for-profit college are allowed to attend these institutions as “partial qualifiers” because we have been led to believe that teams full of virtually illiterate Blacks are the only route to a National Championship.

It’s funny: Malcolm Gladwell and Buzz Bussinger (author of Friday Night Lights) have recently argued that college football should be banned. But don’t they realize if college football is banned, instantaneously you deprive the only positive images that most people will ever have of Black people (since they wear the beloved colors and jersey of their alma mater). At Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools, the student body of the 14-member schools are overwhelmingly white, with only a sprinkling of Black faces tossed in (Billy Hawkins book The New Plantation points out that in 2008, the UGA football team was 72 percent Black, yet the student body population – more than 33,000 – was only 2 percent Black male).

Maureen Downey of the Atlanta Journal Constitution was honest enough to write an article titled Without Affirmative Action for Athletes, fewer football stars on the field:

What do you call a Division I school that doesn’t lower its admission standards to admit star athletes?

Probably 0-12.

While many people condemn any consideration of race in college admissions, few complain about the routine acceptance of lower-performing student athletes admitted because of their outstanding abilities on the field rather than in the classroom.

In an investigation three years ago of admission standards for athletes, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that football players average 220 points lower on the SAT than their classmates — and men’s basketball players average seven points less than football players.

At the University of Georgia, the average football SAT was 949, which was 239 points behind the average for an undergraduate student at Georgia at the time. The Bulldogs’ average high school GPA was 2.77, or 45th out of 53 big-time college teams for which football GPAs were available.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to revisit the issue of race-conscience admissions policies is sparking new discussions of admission standards and deviations.
The court last addressed race in the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision. In a 5-4 vote, the court upheld the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Michigan Law School, saying that the Constitution “does not prohibit the law school’s narrowly tailored use of race in admissions decisions to further a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body.”

 UGA is a school that prides itself on having high admissions to earn acceptance to the university — unless you are a Black football player. Then, you get a “special admit” because most Black males in America don’t have the acumen to produce the necessary grades and SAT/ACT score in high school to get in.

Oh, and Mrs. Downey: didn’t a Boise State team that started 16 whites crush a UGA team that started 20 Blacks in 2011? Yes, they did.

If you remove college football from the university experience, automatically you no longer have a perceived need to recruit Black athletes (who some people have claimed, most notably William Rhoden, that they are exploited without monetary gain)? Forget for a second that Black males mature faster than white males — giving them that huge boost when it comes to high school recruiting; why would you need to stack Black athletes in classes – as North Carolina did in its African and Afro-American studies program, which is under intense investigation for academic fraud – if you eliminated football?

In 2008 – according to Billy Hawkins – Auburn University’s football team was 50 percent Black; the Black male enrollment – of 26,000 students – was 4%. So, if Auburn’s football team had 110 players, and 50 percent were Black, you are looking at potentially 6% of this Black male enrollment being there explicitly for football. Auburn is a school that is more than 90 percent white.

As Walk-On by former Auburn Black football player Thom Grissom makes clear, it was only the integration of the football team that started to see an augmentation of the Black student body population to the school. Well, that and the threat of suits by the federal government, a point made in Bigger than the Game by Michael Weinreb.

In 2011, three Black football players and one white (a hilariously inept wigger) were arrested for armed robbery. They used the gun of fellow teammate Michael Dyer (a Black guy who was kicked-off the Auburn football team), who was the hero of the 2011 BCS National Championship game. Here’s the story:

Auburn University head football coach Gene Chizik wasted little time in reacting to the news that four of his players had been arrested and charged with robbery, burglary and theft of property Friday.

He made them four former Auburn players.

Chizik said in a statement Friday that Antonio Goodwin, Shaun Kitchens, Mike McNeil and Dakota Mosley are “permanently dismissed from our football team” after the four were arrested and each charged with five counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of third-degree theft of property stemming from an incident early Friday morning.

Today, we learned of a rare murder in Auburn, Alabama – an oasis of whiteness in East Alabama, surrounded by a sea of Blackness reliant on EBT/Food Stamp’s to survive – involving, well, Black people. Invariably, it was imported (recruited) Black football players – well, one player and two former players – that were involved:

Auburn police chief Tommy Dawson says the Auburn football players shot at an apartment complex Saturday night should only be considered victims in an incident that has claimed three lives, including those of two former players.


Dawson said Desmonte Leonard is the suspect in the shooting, and he has no affiliation with Auburn University.

“Let me point that out, the only connection the Auburn football team have to this is they are victims of a brutal shooting,” Dawson said. “Sometimes the young men get a bad rap. But they’re the victims. It’s not just about the Auburn football players. It’s about the other young men who have been injured, especially about the young man fighting for his life at UAB today. That’s what this is about. That’s why you do this job, for the victims.”

Killed in the incident were former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips, and Auburn resident DeMario Pitts. 

Wounded were current Auburn player Eric Mack. Dawson said John Robertson is “fighting for his life” at UAB hospital in Birmingham, Dawson said. Dawson said Xavier Moss was treated and released.
This is a scene that sounds like it should be from 71 percent Black Birmingham, where Auburn University recruits for its football team and where A&E shoots regularly for its hit show The First 48. This type of wanton Black violence happens daily in cities where white alumni of Auburn University (or any SEC or ACC school) chose to live far from — think nearly all-white Hoover or Mountain Brook to Black-run Birmingham.

But because this happens to be a death in the (Auburn) family that includes Black thugs shooting at one another, it automatically is something we must worry about.

No one has asked this question, “but why were Auburn football players hanging out with DeMario Pitts, a Black thug who killed his own cousin in an accidental shooting on March 19?”:

An Auburn High School sophomore is dead after what Auburn police are saying appears to have been an accidental shooting.

Jamon Baker, 15, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest Sunday evening, according to Auburn police.

A police report stated that shots were fired in the 800 block of Lunsford Drive in Auburn at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday. Police responding to the scene were flagged down by the occupants of a vehicle on North Donahue Drive attempting to take Baker to the hospital.

An ambulance transported Baker to the East Alabama Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:53 p.m.

Demario A. Pitts, 20, of Opelika surrendered to Auburn police at approximately 2 a.m. Monday morning — but has not been charged in the shooting — Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said.

Dawson said that Pitts and Baker were cousins.

At Vdare.com, I’ve made my case about Auburn and Alabama in an article titled Alabama’s Iron Bowl And Integration—Was Football Victory Worth It? It’s hard to even care about college football anymore, in light of the revelations that beloved Penn State coach Joe Paterno knew of a child sex abuse scandal and helped cover it up for years.

It should be a game played by actual student-athletes, who only participate in the sport for the physical activity and the thrill of representing their university in collegiate athletics. Instead, college football has become one of the ultimate vehicles for creating false impressions of Black America; heroes of illiterate Black thugs.

Like Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger and Malcolm Gladwell, the New Yorker columnist and writer of Blink and The Tipping Point, I too agree college football should be banned. 

White America excuses away Black thuggery for one reason: because to admit the problem would potentially derail Auburn’s (UGA, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, etc.) chances of winning a National Title. And because these white alumni of SEC (or ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 10) universities place greater importance on what happens on a football field between 18 and 22-year-old males, the future of our nation will be cities turned into just another Detroit or Birmingham.

But hey: we can at least get Black recruits from these cities!

The first step toward rescuing America from a future that resembles one big Detroit (or Birmingham) is simply this: ban college football.

Update: A hilarious portrait of the accused killer has emerged:

Desmonte Demontez Leonard, the 22-year-old Montgomery man at the center of law enforcement manhunt for his role in a mass shooting at an Auburn apartment complex, has been arrested twice on gun charges, according to online court records.

Records also indicate he has been sued twice for child support, with the most recent lawsuit filed on Friday, just one day before Saturday night’s shooting.

 Leonard also was arrested Jan. 31, 2008 by the Montgomery Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team after it responded to a report of a stolen vehicle, according to court records. Police spotted the 2001 GMC Yukon Denali and gave pursuit. Leonard, who was in the car, told police he had a gun in his pocket. Police confiscated a Smith&Wesson 9mm handgun that he did not have a license to carry, according to records.

Leonard also has been involved in two child support cases. The lawsuit filed Friday claims Leonard is the father of a girl born in 2011.

In January a court had ruled that Leonard was the father of another girl, now 4, by another woman. Leonard was ordered to pay $305 a month in child support, $21 of which was to go toward $7,336 in back child support he owed in the case.

It should be noted that Auburn University is one of only 22 universities in Divison 1, whose athletic department operated in the black financially in 2011. Auburn’s athletic department has always been profitable – even when SEC schools fielded all-white teams and didn’t rely on sharing television revenue, but instead relied upon actual gate receipts from games – but has found new riches since college football has emerged as cheap programming for ESPN and CBS.

Update II: Auburn, Alabama is a city that is 78 percent white, and one of the most affluent in all of the state of Alabama.  Auburn University has an enrollment that is 25,469, of which 81 percent is white in 2012. Only 3.3 percent is Black male; 41.3 percent is white male.

In 1976, the white male population was 57% of the student body (17,523 students); 1% of the student body (206) was Black male. The school’s enrollment was 96% white.

That’s what college football has done to the university.

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