A Platform for Change
by DGermain01 on October 21, 2016 - 9:48pm
Racism in sports has been an issue since media and sports have been introduced to each other. Especially in the 50s, 60s, and 70s it was very hard for minorities to play with ``whites``. Now a days we see minorities all over professional sports, but it seems there is still a problem with racism.
I read an article ``Racism Still Evident in Sports World`` by Richard Lapchick on ESPN. The article was published at the end of 2014 and recaps racism in sports in that year. For those who don’t remember that was the year of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner shootings. It seems that since that time we have been hearing about shootings of minorities every week. One part in the article made me really think, about how athletes have started using their platform to try and stop racism. I feel this is a positive step forward for society.
That specific part in the article made me think of something I had seen on social media. We have recently seen NFL players taking a knee or locking arms during the national anthem. We have heard Colin Kaepernick say he will not stand for an anthem or flag that doesn’t represent what it should represent, freedom and equality for all. This shows me that players are beginning to understand the platform they are given and are starting to use it to create social change.
Another part of the article made me think, one where ``black`` athletes are stereotyped very often in sports. We talked about this in class recently and how this is a form of new racism. Very subtle and not easy to spot. Also some people may not see stereotyping as racist because it has become socially acceptable to make these remarks about people that are different than you and pass it off as a joke.
I very much enjoyed reading the article by Lapchick because this is a very important issue right now in our society and I think that these superstar athletes need to use the stage they are given to create change. We have seen an increasing amount of lives perish in the streets for no reason these past couple of years, and change is needed now, and athletes may be the ones able to bring it upon the world.
Lapchick, R. (Dec 30, 2014). Racism Still Evident in Sports World. ESPN. Retrieved from http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/12093538/the-year-racism-sport