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  • COACH CARTER Let's take this time to say whatever it is we want while doors closed.

  • You'll have the floor.

  • *This* is about *us*.

  • Man, it's a shit ain't about us,

  • This all about Coach Carter.

  • We're the Basketball Team,

  • All I see is you want the TV, getting famous,

  • eatin' that shit up.

  • CARTER Is that all you see?

  • It's all I see ? And you ain't lyin'.

  • CARTER Well, let me tell you what *I* see.

  • I see a system that's designed for you to fail.

  • Now I know you all like stats so let me give you some

  • ORCHESTRAL MUSIC Richmond High only graduates fifty percent of its students.

  • And those that do graduate

  • Only six percent go to college

  • which tells me when I walk down these halls and I Iook in your classrooms,

  • Maybe only one student is going to go to college

  • "Well damn, Coach Carter, If I Ain't going to college, where am I going to go?"

  • Now *that's* a great question.

  • And the answer for young African American men in here is this:

  • "Probably"- to prison.

  • In this county, 33% of Black males between 18 and 24 get arrested.

  • So look at the guy on your left.

  • Now look at the guy on your right.

  • One of you is gonna get arrested.

  • Growin' up here in Richmond,

  • You're 80% more likely to go to prison.

  • then college.

  • Those are the "numbers."

  • Those are some stats for your ass.

  • Now I want you to go home.

  • and look at your lives tonight.

  • Look at your parents' lives.

  • And ask yourself, "do I want better?"

  • If the answer is "yes," I'll see you here tomorrow.

  • And I'll promise you

  • I will do everything in my power to get you to college,

  • and to a better life.


COACH CARTER Let's take this time to say whatever it is we want while doors closed.

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