Stuart Scott: The Tale of a Young, Black Revolutionary

rev·o·lu·tion·aryadjective : constituting or bringing about a major or fundamental change

Yesterday morning, when I woke to the news that Stuart Scott had passed away, I was immediately filled with sorrow – a grief that I snapped out of the very next minute. His death immediately seared the image into my mind of loving kids losing their father, an ex-wife losing her former lover and co-parent, a supportive girlfriend losing her rock, a family losing a loved one and close friends/colleagues losing a man of monumental stature. But, “losing” to cancer was NOT how Stuart Scott wanted to be remembered. He told us all, that thriving while surviving throughout his long battle with cancer was the true victory, and he was absolutely correct.

Over the next few hours, I watched the many beautiful tributes done for him, as well as taking in all of the accounts of his magnanimous and captivating life from close friends such as Rich Eisen, Hannah Storm and Robin Roberts, to name a few. Everyone collectively agreed that Scott brought a funk to sportscasting that had never been seen, attempted or pulled off by anyone in on any TV station anywhere in North America. But, as amazing as those reflections on his impact were, they stopped short at announcing his real impact on modern American society: He was a young, Black revolutionary figure that brought the country together, racially and socioeconomically, in a way that politicians, journalists and many activists never could.

First, let’s set the scene that Stuart Scott walked into. Sports is not a hobby or a pastime in the United States – it’s a serious and all-encompassing lifestyle. Whether you like it or not, the average American is more educated on the name of the leading scorer on their city’s team than their mayor’s political party. Americans will recognize a coach before they can spot the speaker of the house. And sports commentators live in a special lore that many serious news anchors never reach. For many people, sports anchors are more of a regular, everyday staple of their routines than some of their close friends and family members. To a great number of people, the job of a sportscaster, and how it’s carried out, truly matters.

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When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.