Perspective

by Tom Swift

Do not presume to know what it’s like to live in your subject’s skin. Or your subject’s world. Do not presume that his [or her] worldview is your worldview. [Michigan basketball player Jalen] Rose was an African-American just-past-teenager from Detroit. I was a white, well-past-teenager from the coast. It would take work for me to understand him, or anyone like him. And even then, how close could I really come?

-Tim Layden, “Scorecard: Continental Divide,” Sports Illustrated, 11-21-2016