The Ghetto Warriors

November 30, 2011

Political Theory, Uncategorized

Unfortunately, there are racist people living today.  Last weekend Ford Field hosted the MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletic Association) state finals for football.  In the Division I final, the favored Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks battled the Cass Tech Technicians for the state title. Cass Tech, located in Detroit, is a Detroit Public School consisting of a large majority of black students. Detroit Catholic Central, which is actually not located in Detroit, but rather in Novi, Michigan, is an all boy Catholic high school with a large majority of white students (Also keep in mind that Catholic Central is a CATHOLIC high school when you read this).  Catholic Central is in the Catholic League, which is probably the best high school league in Michigan.  This year the Catholic League was represented by a total of three teams in three different divisions, Detroit Catholic Central in the Division I title game, Brother Rice in the Division II title game, and Orchard Lake Saint Marys in the Division III title game.  I graduated from Orchard Lake Saint Marys, which is in the Catholic League, and I know for a fact that every school in the Catholic League preaches about good sportsmanship and good character.  I was proven wrong last night.

Last night many of my friends from my high school and other high schools around the Detroit area were posting and sharing a very harsh letter on Facebook and Twitter.  After Cass Tech routed Catholic Central 49-13, some sore loser had to cross the line.  He sent a terrible letter to the Cass Tech head coach concerning the future of his players who live in Detroit.  This letter can be read here  In the letter the author tells the coach that all of his players would be ineligible to play if they went to a real high school, instead of a “DPS (Detroit Public Schools) holding tank.”  He goes on to say that all of the coach’s players “will be unemployed, in jail, addicted to drugs or worse. In a word- Failures.”  His last sentence tops it all off when he says, “The ghetto warriors had their Saturday but, in life, they are losers.” It is obvious that this author is probably racist, but nobody has determined who the author is. Catholic Central has announced that the man who signed the letter does not show up in any of their searches for alumni or current students.  As of now nobody can blame Catholic Central for this action, but nevertheless he is a Catholic Central fan who should represent his favorite CATHOLIC school in a better way.

Cass Tech head coach. He has sent a good amount of players to play for Michigan. One of them is William Campbell, and he has two more coming next year. Go Blue!

Unless we have racist advocators in the audience today, I am pretty sure that it is safe to say that all of these statements from this author are immoral.  First off I would like to tell the author that the Detroit Public Schools requires a 2.0 GPA in core courses, which is I believe is similar to the Catholic League’s requirement. Actually Cass Tech requires a 2.5 GPA. Also, the Detroit Public Schools have improved tremendously.  Graduation rates in 2008 were 24.9%. The graduation rates for DPS schools increased immensely from 2008 to 62.27% last year. I would also like to say that Cass Tech has done a phenomenal job in boosting that percentage. The graduation rate for Cass Tech last year was 93.70%.  Besides these facts, this author goes way beyond the limits of racial assumptions.  Yes Detroit Public Schools have seen some very bad times, but recently they have shown great improvement.  For this person to put those terrible assumptions on a coach’s players is absolutely wrong on every level.  How can this person call them “Ghetto Warriors” just because they go to a prominently black high school in Detroit.   How does he know that these football players associate themselves with gang violence and drugs.  How can he assume that they will be all failures? These comments cross every boundary and I believe ideas like this should not be allowed.

What if I told you that this author actually did the right thing? Mill would agree that the author of this letter did the right thing.  Mill believes in a very radical form of freedom of expression.  He believes that every opinion should be allowed in the so-called “market place of ideas.”  By allowing all opinions in the market place of ideas we can determine what is right and wrong. According to Mill we get a better perception of the truth through the “collision of adverse opinions” in the marketplace of ideas. Without the adverse opinions we are unable to decide what is true, because how exactly do we know what is right?  When the different ideas collide we are able to determine what is right and wrong.  If we were to not allow an opinion, such as this letter, the right to the market place of ideas, we would be robbing the human race from attaining the truth of the given situation.

With Mill’s argument in hand we can see two adverse opinions colliding here.  One opinion is that all of these DPS students will one day be unemployed, drug addicts, and ultimately failures.  The adversary of this is that making these terrible assumptions is wrong.  If we were to argue these two sides we would find the truth according to Mill, because we have allowed the possible opinions of this situation entrance into the marketplace of ideas.  Honestly I strongly believe that the author’s opinion is wrong.  Maybe one day a few of these guys will be in the NFL, or land a great job with a great company.  I believe that he cannot assume that they will find themselves in jail doing hardcore drugs later in their life. Oh and also, this is for the author of that letter, those “Ghetto Warriors” embarrassed your team. What do you think? Would you agree with Mill, when he says we should allow the author’s letter into the market place of ideas?  What should we do with racial assumptions such as this?



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7 Comments on “The Ghetto Warriors”

  1. ceabee Says:

    I would not at all agree with Mill, when he says we should allow the author’s letter into the market place of ideas. Although Mill believed in such radical forms of self expression, I don’t think it is acceptable for anyone to voice such racial assumptions in such a public manner. However, I think it is perfectly fine to hold one’s own opinions, as Mill would agree, but Mill’s arguments were made during a time when there weren’t as many outlets for self expressions that are able to reach the masses in an extremely short amount of time. As simple as it sounds, in regards to what we should do with racial assumptions such as these, we should try our best to keep them to ourselves. An extremely inappropriate and hurtful argument such as this can spread to cause major damage when released on the internet, and I believe that if Mill was around today he might question his take on allowing this letter into the market place of ideas.

  2. Brian Hall Says:

    I would be cautious before immediately assuming this letter to be racist. The ghetto warrior slur is perhaps a bit telling, but the purpose of the letter does not appear to me to be overtly defaming black people. Certainly the overall tone is extremely offensive, and one can tell that the writer is a small-minded and impulsive person. We all know the state of education in Detroit public schools is atrocious, but calling attention to this fact as a petty means of trying to claim revenge after a dissapointing game is just plain pathetic. I had a roommate last year who made similar comments to Michigan State fans about their job prospects after their football victory. What a dick.

    I think Mill would be right in this situation. People should be able to say whatever they want. We as a society just need to respond appropriately and realize he’s (the letter writer) an idiot.

    • elotis Says:

      I agree with this comment that one should be cautious in assuming the letter’s author to be racist. I’m sure these comments were fueled by jealousy and bitterness that his team lost. I know from personal experience, when Michigan has lost to Michigan State in football, or in other sports, I have said some nasty things about Michigan State and their fans, but I do not personally feel that way all the time. I have lots of good friends that go there and I enjoy visiting the school, but anger and sore loser-ness on my part caused me to make mean comments.

      While you may not agree with the comments that the author made, which I do not, we allow free speech in this country and I hate to say it, but there is nothing we can do about it. Unless his words were threatening to the players, coaches, etc., no one can limit what he says. Yes, this man will be shamed in publicly shamed and he must deal with the backlash of his horrendous comments, but that is the risk we take in being able to express ourselves freely.

  3. euriosti Says:

    It sounds like there is a cultural divide between DPS schools and the Catholic high schools. The letter showed evidence of that. Using the word ghetto to describe another high school is very disrespectful. I’m sure students attending private Catholic schools are more financially fortunate than students attending DPS schools. And this shouldn’t be the reason for a cultural divide. The author made statements that are both ignorant and disrespectful. Using money as some sort of consolation is very naive, especially if the author was a student. The student should recognize they are fortunate to be born into a wealthy family, and thank their parents for their work in getting to that financial standing. With such a scornful attitude, I’d be surprised to see this author succeed in life either. As a society, we should all appreciate each other. Any immoral opinions should be kept to the privacy of close friends, as everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, we should not do anything that would create a cultural divide among different communities.

  4. blakesimons Says:

    Before I answer the questions originally posed in the blog post, I first need to state that I partially disagree with your opinion that “Mill would agree that the author of this letter did the right thing”. Mill believes in free speech, and he is a strong advocate that people should have an unlimited amount of free speech in that this freedom should never be suppressed. This is true; however, I’m not sure if he would support the actions taken by the author of the letter. Yes, Mill supports the entering of the author’s ideas into the marketplace of ideas, but I’m not sure if he would support delivering the hateful message to an individual (the coach).

    This blog post poses some interesting questions, though. The issue of racism has loomed over America for centuries, and it stills exist today. Mill would say that these racist ideas need to be expressed and they cannot be suppressed; however, it’s hard to agree with the actions taken by the author. The author has the right to state his opinion, and he has freedom to believe in what he wants. No, I do not believe that author of the letter did the right thing. I think he’s an idiot and his views are unbelievably ignorant. Should he be allowed to voice his opinion? Well, it’s hard to say no. That’s the First Amendment for you.

  5. kelseymlee Says:

    Even though this letter written to Cass Tech’s head coach is extremely offensive and uncalled for, I think that Mill would still feel this person has a right to express their opinion.

    Mill realizes that not everybody has the correct opinion or views on things, and the person who wrote this letter certainly does not have a just opinion. That is how we come about the truth, though, by learning to separate the right from the wrong, and the truthful from the false. Mill states that the “truth will out”, meaning that no matter what people say or what kind of opinion they voice, the truth will eventually emerge and others will realize who is wrong.

    The person who wrote this letter is obviously extremely ignorant and has a skewed view of the world, but is still their right to express their view, and hopefully others will realize that their view is not the right one.

  6. bonannianthony Says:

    When I saw this letter I was truly shocked. The letter was probably something that should not have been sent. I have no clue who sent the letter but I don’t think the CC community had anything to do with it. The letter had a lot of unfortunate things that were said in it. Obviously, someone was upset with the victory of Cass Tech. People in general, take high school and youth sports unbelievably serious. Most of the time it isn’t even the kids that get out of control. The parents and adults are the ones causing the problems a vast majority of the time, this is something that should change. I don’t think Mill would be able to justify and back this letter but he would say that the free speech in the letter is something he would support. Hopefully, he wouldn’t want support the wording in this letter but he will always be a proponent of free speech.

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