Athens, Athens County Ohio, Baton Rouge, Cajun, Clemson, Ed Orgeron, Heisman Trophy, Joe Burreaux, Joe Burrow, LSU, LSU Head Coach, opportunity, poverty, poverty in America, talent, wasted talent, white poverty
Tonight LSU plays Clemson in the New Orleans Superdome for the 2020 College Football National Championship.
At four minutes into this video LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow (aka Joe Burreaux) talks about the poverty rate of his hometown in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Athens County Ohio https://youtu.be/sL2_CO3pg1E We don’t hear much about Appalachian poverty anymore. The so-called War on Poverty ended, but poverty did not. His Heisman speech can be found on their youtube channel.
Athens County Ohio is 90.8% White with 30.7% in poverty. Baton Rouge, home to LSU, is 55% Black with 25.2% in poverty. East Baton Rouge Parish (surrounding county) is slightly more affluent with 16.7% in poverty. (See more Census Facts at the bottom of this post)
Geaux Burreaux! (comme on le dit en Louisiane):
“On December 14, 2019, Burrow received the 2019 Heisman Trophy, winning by the largest margin in the history of the award, also earning the highest share of possible points available, being picked first on the highest share of all ballots ever, and being picked in any spot on the highest share of all ballots ever. Burrow’s Heisman acceptance speech, in which he referenced the rampant poverty and food insecurity affecting his hometown of Athens and The Plains, Ohio, inspired over $450,000 in donations towards the local food bank in Athens County from over 13,000 donors across the country.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Burrow
Both LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow and LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron were treated as sort of rejects by other universities, but then LSU gave them a chance. That’s what makes this a beautiful story.
There’s a larger point here about the United States: Americans have talent. They just need opportunity. People just need an opportunity. There’s not a shortage of American workers, there is a shortage of opportunity for those workers. There’s a lot of great talent of all varieties that gets wasted. That’s the biggest tragedy.
LSU Head Coach and Louisiana native (Cajun) “Ed Orgeron speaks highly of 2019 Heisman Winner Joe Burrow”. Orgeron talks about Burrow’s good heart, spirit and intelligence: https://youtu.be/B06qKBL7AI4
This post discusses the value of LSU to the local and regional economy, and the importance and value of LSU ATHLETICS to LSU and to the local and regional economy, and why the nearby nuclear power station needs to be shut down. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/lsu-death-valley-an-entergy-river-bend-nuclear-disaster-could-make-it-literal-comment-deadline-monday-23rd-july-1059-pm-cdt/
“An example of humanity’: Athens County knows social awareness is nothing new for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow Updated Jan 04, 2020;Posted Dec 27, 2019 Cleveland .com: http://archive.is/Eel4d
On a related note, UCSF is one of many American universities laying off its American workers to hire foreign workers or hiring foreigners in the first place: https://twitter.com/nasescobar316/status/1216544839401189376