March Madness: Black NCAA Basketball Players Graduate 32 Percent Less Than Whites

The shameful racial graduation gap for NCAA players has grown wider for a third year in a row.

While everyone from your office mate to President Obama is busy filling out their March Madness tournament brackets, a new study (PDF) says we've all got reason to be a little less excited about NCAA basketball.

According to research released this week from the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, though the graduation rate for NCAA Division I basketball players is up overall, the gap between white players and their black counterparts has grown wider for a third year in a row. In 2011, white players graduated at a rate of 91 percent, while black players got a degree a dismal 59 percent of the time.

That's better than the 35-percent graduation rate for black male college students overall, of course, but some schools are much worse. Connecticut, for instance, only graduated a quarter of its black players this year. At Kentucky, just 31 percent of the black players graduated, compared with 100 percent of their white teammates.

Considering how valuable these athletes are to their schools and coaches—Connecticut's coach, Jim Calhoun, made $1.6 million in 2009—you'd think their schools and coaches might also value them and their minds, too. That appears to not be the case.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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