He did not think about the repercussions of doing so, he just wanted to win the game. He managed to change college basketball for the better, scouters started to look for the best players instead of the best white players. Black players were given the opportunity to be successful at the sport, when before they were pushed aside and thought of as unworthy because of their skin colour. Haskins went from being a child who had compassion for his friend who was not given an opportunity to succeed, to honouring him by changing the system that oppressed him.
Both Levenson and Ferry were involved in two race controversies. Former Atlanta Hawks’ owner Bruce Levenson sent out an email to other Hawks CEOs stating that the audience and it entertainment (the team, cheerleaders, halftime talent, music selection, etc.) are all Black. Levenson continued to say in his email that because the audience and entertainment were majority Black, it was scaring aware White fans and investors from coming to the games (Joesph, 2014, USA Today. On the other hand, Hawks’ GM Danny Ferry was recorded during a conference call making defamatory remakes about free agent, at the time, Luol Deng who the Hawks were trying to acquire.
The movie, Glory Road, made in 2006, depicts the concepts of emotional abuse, curfew, and stereotype. The 1960’s were a time of change that slowed the harsh abuse of racism against African-Americans. The basketball season that Texas Western won the national championship was just two to three years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, D.C. African-Americans pushed for change in a constant flow of racism and segregation. Still, a majority of the United States population did not want to accept the introduction of different races in their culture. The Texas Western basketball team received a substantial amount of emotional abuse because of the fact that they featured seven African-American players.
Americans believed this would stop racism in the future and integrate all sports, but racism has planted its roots in sports ever since 1947. The NBA is a professional basketball league and has been very popular in the United States since its creation. The sport is enjoyed by all races although most of the players are of African American race. During recent events, L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught making racist remarks in an audio recording. He was frustrated that his girlfriend was hanging with other African Americans, even the great NBA legend Magic Johnson.
ESPN Classic, 2014 Web. 25 September 2014. Source type: periodical Gittings, Paul. "Arthur Ashe: U.S. Sport 's Greatest Black Icon?"