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March $ Madness, 2013: The Exploitation of the Black Athlete

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Of the 68 original teams playing in this years men's March Madness basketball tournament, the majority --100%--of the conference commissioners are White males.

 

Of the 68 original teams playing in this years men's March Madness basketball tournament, the vast majority of university presidents White males.

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Of the 68 original teams playing in this years men's March Madness basketball tournament, the majority of the venues (arenas, gymnasiums etc) spread across America where the games are played, the majority of the fans are White.

 

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Of the 68 original teams playing in this years men's March Madness basketball tournament, the majority of the journalists (TV, Radio, Blogs, print etc) are White males.

 

Everyone associated with MARCH MADNESS is getting rich except the athletes whose labor creates the value. 

 

The NCAA alone takes in a cool million from the tournament, pocketing $1/2 billion after expenses.

 

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That is to say, the labor creating both the entertainment and the profit are African American men.

 

When you tune in to almost any one of the 16 games played on Thursday (March 21st) and again on Friday (March 22nd) you could arrive at the conclusion that what you were watching was a basketball contest between Kenya and Uganda.

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