Rethink of “Delusion of Grandeur”
What a young black who graduates from college can do in U.S? Someone will say he can be a lawyer, another will say he can be a dentist or doctor. But majority of people will say professional athletes. In article “Delusion of grandeur”, Henry Louis Gates focuses on more African-Americans choose to become professional athletes rather than they do of matching the achievements of some famous blacks in medical field or political field. He also argues about several causes are come from the failure of public schools’ education system, society and television advertisement. In his opinion, he advocates schools and society should stop using young blacks as “cannon fodder” in the big-business wars of sports like Roman gladiator to entertain everyone, instead of training a young black’s body to training his or her mind is more important. Therefore, Gates’ remarks, a young black must be taught that sports are not the only avenue of opportunity; this should be the responsibility of school education system and society of America.
Gates’ use of monotone data to talk about the black youths reveals that he has traditional view of American society and does not realize the change of the environment. In his sixth to tenth paragraphs, Gates refers to the facts about black athletes in U.S as “there are 12 times more black lawyers than black athletes, there are 2-1/2 times more black dentists than black athletes, and there are 15 times more black doctors than black athletes” with his emphasis tone. However, he forgets those statistics are come from local database, they are not represented to the situation for the whole nation. Actually in that several years, more and more African Americans would like to be professional athletes because Michael Jordan appeared in the NBA games. Gates mentions this superstar in his article too, he just writes lightly with over as “too many African-American youngster still believe that...