I have no clue who who Mirza Teletovic is but he’ll make $10 million a year now. I can’t tell you who Evan Fournier is, either. He’s averaged only 11 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds a game for his career but now he’ll be making $17 million annually. The NBA’s new, increased salary cap is sending salaries through the roof for players who barely bring value to their teams, let alone society.
Will Smith was a freakishly fast athlete, but he couldn’t outrun New Orleans. The details of his murder are still hazy, but one thing is for sure: that city killed him. By all accounts, Smith was an upstanding family man who loved the city and contributed a great deal to it; but it wasn’t enough. At 6’3 and weighing 280, he still wasn’t large enough to rise above the realities of New Orleans and neither are we. Regardless of how personally responsible he or any of us are, we’re still vulnerable to the worst elements of our cities. Unless we commit ourselves not only to personal achievement but also participation in radical social transformation, we all remain at risk.
No shade to the University of Texas but you’re not the Ivy League. Sorry, not sorry. The Ivy League opens doors. The Ivy League confers privilege and prestige. America has hundreds of colleges and yet the eight Ivy League schools have produced nearly 35% of our forty four presidents. Wow. With that much opportunity to be had, the competition is fierce: Harvard and Columbia accept less than 7% of all applicants.