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Extraordinary achievement should always be celebrated, and the race of the person achieving shouldn’t make the slightest difference. Unfortunately, after eight years of Barack Obama, around half of America is pretty much all about race. In a sense, the extraordinary achievements of black people are noteworthy because a half-century of “helping” blacks has, for too many, been anything but helpful. Far too many are caught in a cycle of cultural suicide, where achieving great things is seen as “acting white,” and a betrayal of a nebulous culture that all too often is built on some of man’s worst compulsions and excesses.

Noteworthy too are professional athletes that are actually admirable people, that achieve greatness outside the narrow confines of their sport. All too often, the news is full of the criminal escapades of professional athletes who are little more than spouse-beating, drug-addled thugs. And then there is Myron Rolle, as Fox News reports:

Myron Rolle, the former NFL safety and Rhodes Scholar, added to his know-how as an American Renaissance man graduating on Saturday from the Florida State University College of Medicine with a degree in neurosurgery.

Next month, the 30-year-old will begin his residency program at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Rolle, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and studied at Oxford University toward earning a degree in Medical Anthropology.

Neurosurgery. Residency at Harvard and Mass General. A former NFL player, who unlike too many, did not drop out of college to play in the NFL, eventually leaving it broken, old before their time, and without the intellect and drive necessary to finish a bachelor’s degree.

Seven years of neurosurgery is a big deal, something I wanted for a long time, really excited about it,’ Rolle said in May. ‘…Saving lives and helping people live a better life, that’s going to make life worth living.

I’m uncomfortable with the idea of lauding people, holding them up as role models to the young, principally because of their common race. Hard work, kindness, altruism, dignity, honor, greatness are colorless, genderless. But for those demeaned by the need to do that, for the teachers in predominantly black, inner city schools, one of the smartest things they could do is prominently post a photo of Myron Rolle, American and neurosurgeon.

And while we’re at it, there’s one more photo that should have a place with Rolle’s:

A 14-year-old physics major has become the youngest person ever to graduate from Texas Christian University.

Carson Huey-You was among more than 2,000 students getting degrees Saturday at the Fort Worth school founded in 1873. He started at TCU in 2013 when he was 11. He also has minors in Chinese and math.

It took him essentially three years to accomplish this. Because he’s not yet old enough to drive, and can’t really get a job, he’s going to stick around to get a master’s and doctorate in quantum mechanics. His little brother–11–is going to follow in his footsteps at TCU.

Rolle and Huey-You: lives that matter?  Lives worthy of emulation, gentle readers?