Sports Journalism Institute

Helping women and minorities get into newsrooms since 1993

Great Scott!

I read Scott Brooks’ book “Black Men Can’t Shoot” a few years ago, and it was one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read about sports culture.

The book is about how black basketball players and other black athletes are perceived. Some black basketball players are perceived as being athletic freaks devoid of any skill. But that’s simply not the case.

When Brooks chatted with the SJI class via Skype on Tuesday, my thoughts on him were confirmed: He is an intellectual who challenges people to think from different perspectives.

I enjoy listening to interesting people speak, especially about relevant issues in society. I am an introspective person, and I tend to think a lot about small or large issues that are present in the world. It’s why I like writing poetry so much, along with writing about sports. Writing gives me a chance to share my thoughts about the world.

What made Brooks enjoyable to speak with is that he engaged with the class. For example, he asked our opinions about Serena Williams and how people attach masculine traits to her. He also asked us about what stories and topics could potentially see more attention and coverage in the future.

Listening to Brooks was a great experience. I like listening to intelligent people speak because my perspective on different topics is usually challenged.

–Cameron Fields