Sports, Race, and Power

Sports, Race, and Power

The discrepancy between the number of athletes on the field and the number of Blacks in front office positions is a grand example of how covert discrimination plays out in many corporate environments.

Published March 2, 2011

As much as we appreciate the strides that have been made since the Civil Rights movement in terms of racial equality, there are a few realities that remind us that equality is still a goal. The discrepancy between the number of athletes on the field and the number of Blacks in front office positions is a grand example of how covert discrimination plays out in many corporate environments. Are there seriously not enough Blacks interested in the business end of sports?

This is just one of the points that Dr. Thabiti Lewis, a professor at Washington State University in Vancouver, examines in his book “Ballers of The New School: Race and Sports in America.

“On one hand, we say wow, it’s a different age. There’s been quite a bit of progress,” said Lewis. “It’s post Jim Crow, post Civil Rights and yet, I think in some ways, the handcuffs are a little tighter than they were before,” he said of the Black athletes today who seem to hold a lot of power but barely use it when it comes to speaking out on sensitive issues.

Read the full article at The Atlanta Post.

 

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