Maybe Baer was, but Iowa didn't really shoot all that poorly. They were actually above their conference play season average in eFG%. Moss' shots seemed ill-timed and I remember him hesitating on at least whether or not to take one of his three-pointers, which could have thrown him off. And with the way Jok has been shooting since mid-January, I don't think we can blame the arena on his woeful shooting from outside.
Mostly, it was just Iowa's shooting from up close that was bad in this game, and that was because Bryant and Morgan blocked eight shots.
Yeah, his 3pt FG% was at 31% in the non-conference, but he is shooting 39% in Big Ten play. If he can continue to shoot like this (like he did last year), Iowa's offense is that much better.
Thanks! And yes, it was Morgan Taylor. Good catch. Should be correct now.
First of all, thank you for taking the time to read and comment.
Second of all, you can prescribe him to be whatever you wish. I, alone, didn't prescribe him to be "Iowa's first black Olympian." I merely made reference to what other, more distinguished professionals have said on the subject. I quoted University of Iowa professors Lena and Michael Hill as saying he was "among Iowa's early black Olympians." Additionally--and perhaps I should have quoted it--I linked to Philip G. Hubbard's--the U of I's first black faculty member and administrator--book that called him "Iowa's first black Olympian in track."
Third, I was not trying to strip him of his agency. Instead, I was trying to write about how the society in which he was living possibly made him feel as if his autonomy was limited. He could have chosen to identify as black or mixed race, or whatever. But he didn't. My goal was to write about the immense pressure he likely felt, and to be able to come to a place where I could try and understand what he was feeling/thinking. Even if he "felt more of a connection to 'white America' at the time", why was that? If 1920s america hadn't been so racist, what are the odds he would have actively tried to hide his background?
With the way his parents had been so embedded in the black community, and since they and his brother chose to identify themselves as "black" or "mulatto" on the US Censuses, I feel like it was a decision he made because he either did not want to deal with all the politics that came with being famous and identified as at least partially black, he was worried about what type of discrimination he would have faced, or he felt like it was his best option to social mobility. I would imagine all three of those factors, and probably more, played a part in his decision.
Lastly, he had more than "one drop of black in him." That statement would be a more accurate depiction of me, considering a DNA test said all of a whopping 2% of my DNA was from the Ghana/Ivory Coast region. Both of his parents identified as either "black" or "mulatto." And while at least one of them was probably lighter-skinned, both were recognized in the African American community as black. If you are wondering why I focus more on his black heritage than his white one, it's because there is virtually no information about it. And, while I don't want to speculate, the potential truth about the white part of his background could actually prove to be rather abominable if I am ever able to uncover it. Considering his father was a slave, and his mother (born in 1862) was also likely born a slave (I can't find her or her parents in the 1860 Census), and interracial marriage was illegal all over the United States (not just in the antebellum south), it would mean that one of my ancestors either had a fling with a white laborer or someone on the plantation (not so horrific), or a more disgusting possibility that they were raped by their master. Slavery was more than just a system of oppressed labor, it was also often a disgusting system of sexual oppression by slave owners. I'm not saying that's what happened, but the chances are pretty high considering the circumstances.
Anyway, I hope that fully covers your comment. I understand your argument for calling him white because that's what he chose to be, and I respect that completely. My goal was to give an overview of the times he lived in, and how I felt that likely contributed to his decision to identify as white.
Obviously, I think the relationship was a bit strained with the way he was publicly terminated. However, they did induct him into the athletics hall of fame in 1990, 30 years after his death. I have visited the hall of fame, and they make mention of him a handful of times, and they do have a plaque of him hanging up (as I believe they do for every inductee). That plaque is actually where I first learned he was the first Iowa athlete to hold a world record. They do not say anything about his race, though.
I just want to take a moment to thank everybody for taking time out of your busy schedules to read this. I have had many internal debates about writing such a personal story for quite a while now, but it has proved to be a worthwhile endeavor. The amount of feedback I have gotten has been absolutely incredible. Again, I truly thank you all.