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Now it's time for change

An appeal to black male athletes to consider the broader impact of their actions

Updated: August 2, 2012, 4:42 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

This is a cry for black American male athletes to admit that some of them aren't helping us. This is a cry for them to begin to pay closer attention to some of the things that they are doing and understand the effect their behavior is having on those who look like them. This is a cry for the "role models" to look beyond themselves and try to realize they really aren't helping the kids in the hood that they claim they love, respect and represent when they help prove the people right that despise ...

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