A Better Life – Coach Carter

Film:  Coach Carter
Year:  2005
Screenplay: Mark Schwahn & John Gatins
Role:  Coach Ken Carter
Actor:  Samuel L. Jackson
Length: approx. 1 minute 30 seconds minimum



Well, let me tell you what I see. I see a system that’s designed for you to fail. Now I know you all like stats so let me give you some. Richmond High only graduates fifty percent of its students. And of those that do graduate only six percent go to college; which tells me when I walk down these halls and I look in your classrooms, maybe only one student is going to go to college. Well damn, Coach Carter, If I ain’t going to college, where am I going to go? Well that’s a great question. And the answer for young, African American men in here is this: probably, to prison. In this county, thirty three percent of black males between eighteen and twenty four, get arrested. So look at the guy on your left, now look at the guy on your right. One of you is going to get arrested.
Growing up here in Richmond you’re eighty percent more likely to go to prison, than college. Those are the numbers. Those are some stats for your ass. Now I want you to go home and look at your lives tonight, look at your parents lives, and ask yourself; do I want better? If the answer is yes, I’ll see you here tomorrow. And I promise you, I will do everything within my power to get you to college, and to a better life.