Race Integration in the NFL
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This paper provides a brief overview of the history of the National Football League (NFL) and how it was initially intended for White Americans only. The writer describes how the process of integration of African Americans into the NFL began and the struggles and challenges they had to undergo until a breakthrough was made. However, even when the NFL eventually did sign African-American players, segregation continued to occur in the field and was even applied to the fans and was only eliminated thanks to years of pressure from outside forces such as the black press. Notable African-American players and coaches and their achievements are also described. The paper concludes that today the NFL is free of racism, segregation and color discrimination and in fact is primarily made up of African Americans.
From the Paper:"The inception of the National Football League (NFL) is believed to have occurred at around 1869 after a combination of rugby and soccer took place. Over a long period of time African American football players have over come countless struggles eventually reaching the recognition they deserve. The early years of NFL were characterized by racism. In these early years, Africa-Americans were not allowed to play in the NFL. The NFL was distinguished as a sport for the whites. The discrimination of African-Americans against playing in the NFL was facilitated by legalized discrimination of African-Americans. It was not until 1902 that the first ever known African American was allowed to play with the Shelby Athletic Club. This African American was known as Charles Follis (Levy 21). Although he began playing professional football in 1902, it was in 1904 that he received documented compensation. This shows the discriminating treatment that was directed at African-American players."
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