"Give you're 110% tonight boys!" to fight racism

by MikeRomito on December 7, 2015 - 10:24pm


            This article written in 2014 by Richard Lapchick entitled “ Racism still evident in sports world” speaks about the different cases of racism in sports that occurred in 2014.  In 2014 owner of the Los Angelis Clippers Donald Sterling was recorded saying racists remarks and was later removed as owner of the Clippers and was issued a lifetime ban. That wasn’t the only case of racism by an owner; on September 7 2014 an email was leaked by Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson. This email was written by the owner himself saying, “The reason the stadium wasn’t filling up was because the black crowd scared the white people and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season-ticket base.” This email was sent from the owner to members of teams’ management. Lastly instead of just speaking about the racist acts in sports in 2014 this article is also about what the Athletes did to spread awareness. This article shows star players taking a stand against racism by wearing t-shirts saying “I cant breathe” to protest against police brutality acts or in another case NFL players from the St. Louis rams took the field in a pre game by doing the “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture used in the protest in Ferguson, St Louis at the time.  

            According to the article by Darren Curnoe “Human Races: Biological Reality or Cultural Delusion” only a small amount of variation in humans is due to geographic origins, besides that we should all be grouped in a single species Homo sapiens. Yet we continue to divide ourselves into groups like white and black. It is clear to me from the article that I summarized that white privilege plays a big part in the racism in sports. A lot of these owners of sports teams are white males and they have been put in a favorable situation, which gives them this false entitlement to look down on certain groups of people. The article does a perfect job in giving examples of players doing the part to help it stop. I believe that’s the only way that racism in sports will stop, it is up to the players to take a stand, they are the role models and they are the talent. By them refusing to play for racist owners they send a message to the league and the world that they are against racism.


-Lapchick, R. (December 31st, 2015) “ Racism still evident in sports world”  retrieved December 7th, 2015 http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/12093538/the-year-racism-sport




I chose your comment because I am genuinely involved in sports news, and because I witnessed myself other occasions where racism occurred in sports. I totally agree with you especially on the part where you mention that these racist comments where made by white, rich males that where put in a position to look down at minority groups. In one occasion I went to see the Hamilton Bulldogs against the Lehig Valley Phantoms, which are both clubs in the AHL (American Hockey League), and the game went to a shoutout. When it was time for Wayne Simons, an African Amercian player, to go alone against the goaltener, someone in the stands threw a banana at him. I assume the person was referring to him as a monkey. I was in shock, and since then, I hate the fact that some fans of my favourite sport still have obsolete thinking such as this. An interesting way to go on with the topic would be to take a look at what is said between players of opposing teams during games with the help of mics. I assume there are pretty mean things said out on the ice or on the field that could be sanctioned.

"Give you're 110% tonight boys!" to fight racism

The reason I am responding too this article is because the title really caught my eye and once I started to read what it was about, I felt a great connection too it because I am very involved in sports. I agree with what you said in the article, It is sad to say but it is true the level of racism and stereotyping that some athletes’ go through on a daily basis is extremely painful to hear about, let alone live with it everyday. These are athletes who have devoted their lives to the sport they love and they can’t be proud of it because they get negative media attention all due to their skin color. I’ve had a few personal experiences with this matter, I have a friend who is now playing in the national hockey league but growing up in high school together every time people would talk about him it was always about his skin color. They would never talk about how hard he worked but they would make comments such as “It is because he’s black, he has an advantage” or “ I’m surprised a black guy plays hockey”. These are comments that people make due too jealousy more then anything else because the skin color does not determine the kind of athlete one person can be. Instead of always finding the negatives in pro athletes and every little thing they do wrong, why not look at all the good they do, all the hard work and time they put in too make it to where they are today. The skin color might be different but the heart is all the same.