Black Men in Sprinting and Racism
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This paper analyzes role of black men in sprinting and attempts to rationally explain the reason so many people of African-American origin dominate the game. The paper then argues that the role of black sprinters is to establish a black presence that will help reducing racial tensions. The paper contends that black sprinters can make people see that they are real people with talents and individuality, and through their presence, the media can reduce racial issues.
From the Paper:"None of the 25 fastest times in the 100 and only one of the 25 fastest in the 200 was run by a white man. Of the 14 track and field gold medals won by U.S. men at the Atlanta Olympics, just one--Randy Barnes's in the shot put--was won by a white Black is best. That is the understanding in sports now: not just that blacks are the dominant racial group playing, but also that they possess superior athletic skills and have thus transformed the way sports are played.
"When coaches and players talk about the issue, they usually use the logic of the obvious: Open your eyes. Look around. "If 80 percent of the league is black, that means that black players are that much better than white players," says Orlando Magic center Rony Seikaly. "The black players are superior. No doubt. I go to Lebanon in the summer, and we have pickup games, and there's this one 18-year-old Nigerian playing in the Lebanese league who can touch his head on the rim. It's amazing, [blacks'] athletic ability. They're built, they're buffed. We work out to get a body like that, and they just come out naturally buffed.""
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