After reading the Sports Illustrated article called “Forty Million Dollar Slaves” earlier this week I’ve found a lot of my reading material has involved this topic so far this week.
While reading through Relevant Magazine this afternoon an article called “Let My People Go” by Eric Sullivan had a stat that 27 million people are in modern day slavery across the world. 27 MILLION! That number is nothing short of shocking for this Canadian kid who’s grown up in Toronto suburbs where enough money to pay for rent, food and entertainment is expected.
In that same article by Sullivan he had a great quote by Leo Tolstoy that gives a lot of merit to Rhoden’s book. Tolstoy says that “the essence of all slavery consists in taking the product of another’s labour by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership or the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live.”
Doesn’t this quote by Tolstoy perfectly sum up what David Stern and his misfits do to players in the NBA? If the League doesn’t like your style of clothing they fine you. If you speak your mind to reporters following the game they fine you. If you have a problem with an authority figure they fine you.
Later in the magazine an article by Rich Warren grabbed my attention because of some of the quotes that he drops. Warren’s article was called “How Do You Know What’s True?” and he states in his article that, “I wanted to know the truth, even if it was inconvenient. Truth can be discovered, but first we have to have an attitude of openness that says, ‘I want the truth more than anything else.’ Once you discover that attitude, you can discover the truth.
When I went to Chapters on Tuesday to pick up the book I was told they don’t have it in stock but as soon as I get a copy you can expect me to post snippets from the book as I read through it. I haven’t read the book yet but based on these quotes and the excerpts from the book that I have read it looks like it’s going to be a great book for sports fans to read.