Saturday, September 15, 2007

Racism in the media with sports

On SportingNews.com, John Rawlings wrote a very interesting article named "Does race color discussion of bad athletes?" It points out that black athletes are pointed out more in the media than white athletes when they do something wrong. Why is this? Because of the color of their skin or what they actually did?

Here's a part from the article:

Certainly in comparison to Bonds, the circumstances are different, their profiles are different and their places in our consciousness are different. But when placed in the context of fans' reactions to bad behavior by athletes such as Pacman Jones and Michael Vick, we see another difference: the color of their skin.

It is difficult to discuss our reaction and degree of outrage to conduct we don't approve of in the context of race. We are frequently afraid to say the wrong thing. We very well might be even more uncomfortable asking ourselves to honestly assess why we feel the way we do.

Is it possible I despise Barry Bonds but still want to pull for Rick Ankiel because I look more like one than the other?

Don't dismiss the question out of hand. There is too much evidence that shows the large part that race plays in the differences in our views. ESPN conducted a scientific poll during Bonds' pursuit of the all-time home run record that yielded the clearly dispiriting conclusion that more than twice as many blacks supported Bonds than whites.

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