Video Pick: MLS hosts Black History Month Roundtable

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage, USA), FC Harlem founder Irv Smalls and Greg Howard (New York Times) gathered for an MLS-hosted Black History Month roundtable, moderated by Kevin Brown, to discuss race and the black experience in American soccer.

6 comments about "Video Pick: MLS hosts Black History Month Roundtable".
  1. Nick Daverese, March 2, 2017 at 12:32 a.m.

    Normally I can't sit through anything that is this long. But I found it very interesting.

    I wonder how many people on here would actually watch it all.

    I would have loved to talk to these people even though I am close to a white guy.

    On FC Harlem my daughter helped coach them. She is also close to white who played for Columbia University.

    I myself lived in Harlem as a kid. I was a poor kid but fortunately we did not know it because we all were in the same boat.

    I had a mother and a father, but ran away from home at a little over 10 to get away from a bad father. He would use me as a punching bag when I was a 5 yr old. I guess I was a bad kid at 5.

    I heard one guy call a street 1 25 in Harlem. I knew he was either not from there or tried to change the way he said it over the years. Harlem guys all Harlem guys said it the same way we called 125 street a Hun 25 street.

    Never called it the hood we just called it tenement life. No one own homes we all lived in apartments. Most were three rooms a kitchen, bedroom and living room that converted into a bed room at night and a bathroom if you were lucky enough to live in the front of the building hallway. Rent 35 dollars a month. If you lived in the back you paid 30 a month. But bathroom was in the hallway. Where did you take a bath? It was part of the kitchen sink open it up it turned into a bath tub. Took your bath in a kitchen.

    I picked up the game while I lived on the street. During the summer I lived in my park.

    On coaching most players did not think about coaching as a kid. We did think about somehow playing professionally. Not many of us went to college.

    If you look at Tab Ramos do you think he had a coaching mentality when he played. He did not he was just into his own game. He never helped a player on the metro stars. Maradona did not like his coaches when he played.

    Coaching for them was an after thought.

    The coach of Fc Harlem said if a agent wanted to see a kid he had to go to Harlem.

    Not many coaches would do that to find players. The guys that really wanted to win would do it. In fact they would go to places like that and just help players. So they would get to know them it made it easier to get players.

    On the Girl who went to Pepperdine it was not a soccer school so it would be hard to get people to watch her play. Players have the same trouble if they lived in Hawaii. How many players come out of a place like that. California is different.

  2. Gus Keri, March 2, 2017 at 10:03 a.m.

    Sorry, Nick. But I also couldn't sit and read this long comment. I read only two lines. :)

  3. Nick Daverese, March 2, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.


  4. Valerie Metzler, March 2, 2017 at 4:01 p.m.

    And, "on the girl who went to Pepperdine," did you SEE her goal in the win against Germany last night??! Lynn Williams. Remember the name.

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, March 3, 2017 at 5:48 a.m.

    It was a good goal, but she didn't create the chance. I was more impressed by her spin move later when she failed to finish. It was an awesome turn around her marker, putting her through on the keeper.

  6. Bob Ashpole, March 3, 2017 at 6:29 a.m.

    I enjoyed the clip and content. Thank you SA for including it. My objection is that I don't like packaging and labeling of information that is segregated, e.g., "Black" history or "women's" studies and trotted out for special occasions once a year. The problem is cultural bias--which observers cannot escape. If a textbook written by a white upper class male contains token anecdotes about blacks and women, the textbook may be PC, but it is still culturally biased. The solution is to have textbooks written by people with a variety of cultural viewpoints. In this sense diversity is good. I went to college while the civil rights movement and the Viet Nam war were current events. The textbooks were essentially written by white upper class white males. I don't know if this problem still exists today. If it does, my prime suspect would be a continued lack of diversity in the authors. As a parting note, few organizations give as diversified a flow of information on a topic as SA does on soccer. Thank you SA.

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