The Myth Of "White Men Can't Jump"

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2009

If you were born around 1992 you've probably watched or even heard of the movie "White Men Can't Jump". It's a story about two street basketball players, one's a black guy and the other's white. No, this isn't a movie review or a couch potato's guide, I guess..

One thing's for sure, the title of the movie stirs curiosity to the average person So, it is really true? Can white men not jump?

Looking at history, specifically basketball history I can't remember a white slam dunk champion but one. There's Jordan, Erving, Carter, all African-Americans.

Perhaps, they can jump, maybe some of them can but how come most of them can't.

Is it because the food they eat?

America is a free country anyone can eat what they want. Supermarket stands are not labeled as "for white", "for black", or "for politicians" Nobody cares to read the nutrition information box. It's less likely to be because of the food they eat. Verdict = No

Is it the because of the Internal Chemical Composition?

I don't know if it's because of the genes or the chromosomes or any other molecule-size object inside a human body. One thing's for sure there body parts are of the same structure. The white man does not lack an Islets of Langerhans in the same manner as the black man does not have an extra Hypothalamus. Verdict = No

Is it because of some alien abduction?

Come to think of it, many people had claimed to be abducted by aliens, even some B/R writers admitted that at least once in their life they had been abducted by aliens. Hey, why not? Could the aliens implanted some kind of a transmitter that gives the wearer an extra lift?

If you were in the shoes of Jordan, Carter or Erving and a rocket-fueled transmiter is implanted inside your body, would you tell it to anyone? Of course not. Verdict = Maybe

That's just it, In my observation it's not because of the food and Internal body parts although it might be because of alien abductions.

Still one dialogue in the movie strikes me most.

"A white man wants to win first, look good second"

To end the discussion, I think white men can really jump, ask Brent Barry and he'll demonstrate a free-throw line dunk right in your face.