I will be doing my research paper on Adrian Peterson’s comment of being a “40 million dollar slave”. This was first brought to my attention in my Africana Studies class when we were examining how African Americans feel today, knowing everything we as a race had to go through in the past. Adrian Peterson’s comment made me think and really ask myself what made him come to his conclusion. Do he have the right to compare himself to a slave? Is it more about the money or the treatment? This should be a very interesting topic to research because it will allow me to not only go into the true meaning of slavery but compare Adrian Peterson’s comment. At the end of my paper I want to be able to determine if he has the right to compare himself to a slave. A “40 million dollar slave” doesn’t make sense only because a real slave would of never saw 40 million dollars. However, for that exact reason I believe Adrian Peterson made this comment because of the treatment he might of been receiving. I’m also interested in what others had to say about his comment. I will not know until i do my research to see exact where everything comes together from Adrian Peterson’s point of view.
This article provides me with Adrian Peterson’s point of view and his issues with the team owners during an interview. This link also provides a video of Adrian Peterson addressing his comment and his feelings about it all.
How I intend to use it: I intend to use this as the main source of my paper, its the background information to why he made the comment. This is very important because without this information i won’t know exactly how Adrian Peterson feels and what made him say what he said.
This article by DeWayne Wickham examines the things that were said in William Rhoden’s book, Forty Million Dollar Slave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete. It points out a few important parts of the book and explain very well. This article encouraged me to buy the book because the book can be another main source for my paper.
How I intend to use it: I intend to go over the things that were mentioned in this article until I am able to actually get the book. I will also research more due to this article because there are things that i feel can add to my paper.
This provides basically proves that Adrian Peterson’s comment correct. It goes over ways black athletes can consider themselves slaves. Out of all the articles I came across while trying to find a source, this one caught and kept my attention! I
How I intend to use it: I will use this as well as Adrian Peterson’s opinion to make my research paper come together. I will compare this article to what Adrian Peterson said to see if the same points were made. I will also use this article to see if the author and Adrian Peterson will disagree on anything.
This source provides everything I need to know about slavery so my paper could be a success. It provides the history of slavery in the US, details about the slave trade, and every other part of slavery. I need this information to learn more about slavery and actually get a idea of what life as a slave would consist of.
How I intend to use it: I will make a comparison of Adrian Peterson and a actual slave. This would be impossible without knowing the history of slavery and what these slaves had to go through.
This article provides information about a situation in the past with Jimmy Snyder, a commentator on the NFL Today show. He made a racial comment about black football players which is why he was fired. He claimed that “blacks were better athletes because they were bred during slavery”. He voiced his opinion a little to much which “reopened an old societal wound” said Ron Goodwin.
How I intend to use it: I will use this article to farther my research and go into details about Jimmy Snyder’s comment. Because Jimmy Snyder is a white man, was he being racist? Was he taking up for black athletes? What exactly was his claim? I want to know how did black athletes feel about this. Is Adrian Peterson alone with the way he feel? Or is he the only black athlete that spoke up and said something? I will find out Jimmy Snyder’s exact words and use all the information I gather in my paper.