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Just wondering

1. It seems like any kid has a right to be inspired by anyone.

2. Those who achieve excellence, whatever the field, deserve credit — certainly not blame.

3. It's true that the pursuit of athletic accomplishments can teach a person valuable lessons.

But, on balance, is the prevalence of African-American athletes in certain college and pro sports a net negative for black youths who might benefit from emulating more statistically realistic role models? 

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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