What initially began as a joke has turned into utter humiliation. Last week 50 cent took to Instagram challenging boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to read one full-length page of Harry Potter. The challenge, which came during the height of the Ice Bucket Challenge, had a $750,000 price tag.
Following the video, Power 105’s The Breakfast Club released an audio of Mayweather struggling to read out loud. In the audio Mayweather scuffles over several words suggesting he may suffer from a reading disability.
In response to this whole debacle, Marc Lamont Hill, a Morehouse College professor and Huffington Post Live host, tweeted several comments. The award-wining journalist made great points via his Twitter handle. He pointed out struggling to read out loud is not enough evidence to indicate illiteracy. Check out his comments below.
More importantly, according to BegintoRead.com many of the U.S. ills are directly related to literacy. Also, illiteracy and crime are related. The Department of Justice states, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” Over 70 percent of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.
So instead of chastising Mayweather and indirectly ostracizing those who are illiterate, we should encourage them to seek help. Literacy is learned.