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I received some clomplaints over the post below. I guess I didn’t make my point good enough. The saying you can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl is a racially directed term at white people. I was trying to compare and contrast. I didn’t choose African Americans as a racial slant; I took it based off the many ESPN texts which come to my phone on a daily basis which seemed relative to trying to find the answer to whether or not that statement is true or not. I do understand whether you are white, black, Mexican, or Chinese there are good people and there are bad people. This stems from every single social and economical level from the ghettos to the trailer park, to the suburbs. I made a point saying the quote of trailer park to ghetto, was untrue, because of so many different variables. Those are blanket statements which are simply untrue.

“You can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl,” the saying goes you can take a girl out of the trailer park; give her riches and she will still act like trash. I wonder from time to time if this is a true or false. Does it have its merits? I wanted to really dive in beyond the re-hashed examples of Brittany Spears, or that one girl who married some old rich guy then went to do playboy… her name escapes me. I wondered if the saying would fit if I were to say; “you can take the man out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the man.

To analyze this spin on the more popular saying; all we need to do is look at our professional and college athletes. We see ghetto born athletes who with all the money, fame, and responsibility as roll models their talents have brought them; they can not seem to stay out of trouble. The few examples out of the many are Michael and Marcus Vick, Plaxico Burress, and Gilbert Arenes.

Michael Vick had everything, yet pissed it all away to finance a dog fighting ring, while his little brother was dismissed from Virginia Tech. due to on and off the field issues. Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub with an unregistered firearm, and Gilbert Arenes pulled a handgun out in the locker room and pointed it at his teammate. I subscribe to ESPN text alerts so trust me when I say this type of behavior happens daily. 

We were all stunned to find out Ricky Williams gave up millions upon millions of dollars; so he didn’t want to quit smoking dank. I liked smoking marijuana as much as the next guy, but put 32 million dollars and the chance to play professional football and you bet your ass I would have enough common sense to quit and stay out of trouble. He had the rest of his life after football to get cheefed, but only a small window to be great.

These examples and thousands of others could cause us to make such a blanket statement. We just don’t hear enough about all the good things these players do for their community and helping those less needy, many of which are fixing up the very ghetto’s they came from. We do not hear enough of the Michael Dunn’s of the world, if you do not know who he is then my point has been proven. He is an ex Atlanta Falcon who founded a countless number of charities and nonprofits. I suppose it is bigger news to report the negatives than the positives.

There are far too many variables at work here. You can take the girl out of the trailer park as well as the man out of the ghetto as long as they do not take it with them. There is nothing wrong with helping out the community you came from; it is an entirely different situation when you take the lifestyles and behaviors with. We seem to always hear about the bad things our idols are doing, but get very little press on the positive things they do.

I am tired of hearing about sports figures, who do not realize they have millions of young fans looking up to them; our children will mimic their idols. They do not realize how lucky they are to get a free education, make it to the pros, providing their families with a better life then they had, and the achievement of living a life long dream very few get to experience. I do not think this applies to everyone.

I know of several athletes who have taken their experiences and created positive things, and many who the money and power only ushered in their destruction. I am not sure which one of these scenarios is the norm. I suppose it is up for debate.

What do you think…