Conversy of Racism in Sports

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I. Controversy at the 1968 Olympics! At the 1968 Olympic games a track runner by the Name of Tommy Harper took a stand against racism and inequality by winning the 400 M. dash. As he was awarded his gold medal, he clenched his fist and raised it high in the Air while wearing a black glove. A raised fist was the symbol of equality for the black Power movement of the 1960‘s. African Americans have made a huge impact on the civil Rights movement, especially in sports. The 1940’s and the 1950’s were a rough time in Sports because African Americans were just now being able to play in professional sports. They had to deal with racism, prejudice, and hate. People might have well ruined the Meaning of playing a sport. The only reason to play a sport is to contest yourself against Others to see if you’re better than them. If you don’t allow a certain group of people to play Then what’s the point? Even now in modern sports, Blacks have made one of the biggest Impacts on the game, raising the standard of play and the quality of the game. II. African Americans have made the biggest impact on football since they have been Allowed to play in 1922. A. It is a fact that there are more African American football players than Asian, Latino, and White players in football. i. There are currently no active white cornerbacks in the NFL. ii. Every defense in the NFL is dominated by black players. iii. 89% of all defenses M.V.P’s are black. B. Black players have made an impact but not as big as white players. i. The NFL is mostly made up of white QB’s (the most important position). ii. There is no position that is only available to black players. iii. As long as a player works hard enough, it doesn't matter what race you are, you can play any Po... ... middle of paper ... ... of all of the “X” factors that is put together to make a great player. D. Tommy Harper proved to the world that no matter what race you are, if you try hard in what you love, you can achieve greatness. Success is given, not earned. Works Cited "Black Athletes in 20th Century United States." Black Athletes in 20th Century United States. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. "Black History in America: Athletes." Black History in America: Athletes. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. Black Contributions to American Professional Football Are Many." Welcome To The Black Box, Personal Narratives in High Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. " Doris R. Corbett WaynePatterson." THE SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF SPORT. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. "Feature African-American Athletes." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013.

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