On Thursday I went to my alma mater Cass Tech to be part of a panel discussion regarding a film called “Black and Blue.” It was an enjoyable film about former President Gerald Ford and his friendship with black teammate Willis Ward. It is a great story that has not been told much. Ford threatened to quit the team when Georgia Tech said it would not play Michigan because the Wolverines had a “negro” on their roster.
The school caved in and did not allow Ward to play because of Tech’s demands.
It is the first time I’ve been in my old school during class time and I felt like a combination airline passenger and criminal while entering the building. But it is the sign of the times. First you empty your pockets and go through a metal detector. I had to show my identification twice and finally sat in a chair while they took my photo.
That is when I began feeling like a criminal. I swore they were going to finger print me next. Metro Airport has nothing on Cass Tech and many of the other schools in our city. Back in the day we complained about our civil rights being violated because we were forced to wear identification cards.
Now you get stripped searched and have to leave your first born as a deposit.