Law can, however, prohibit discriminatory practices and behaviors (Dimensions of Racism). Racist and racism are provocative words in American society. To some, they become curse words. They are descriptive words of reality that cannot be denied. Some people believe that race is the primary determinant of human abilities and capacities and behave as if racial differences produce inherent superiorities.
In a society filled with people that strongly believe that sports is an industry that is removed and immune from the ills of the world—racism. Many fans and spectators of sports, such as baseball, basketball, football, and many other sports that include players of different races and ethnicities considers that racism is a thing of the past because of the inclusion and acceptance of all races in different sports. However, the misconception of living in a post-racial (colorblind) world is prevalent. Even though racial discrimination in sports and society in general, are not overt as in the past, racism continues to plague the industry. Regardless of fans and spectators wanting to ignore the racial biases and discrimination in the sports industry,
“Countless native people cannot obtain loans from banks or live where they want to due to the negative stereotypes these mascots encourage "said Lawrence Baca, from the Pawnee tribe. Professional sport teams, colleges and high schools depict Native Americans base on their culture loosely. Not only this controversy is offensive, but it is harmful to the Native Americans’ integrity. Instead of honoring the Native Americans, they are being ridicule with discrimination and stereotypes. Mascots are there to represent a team’s identity and competitive spirit, not to mock a culture.
It is going on today and needs to be dealt with. The negative impact racism has on minorities and non-minority athletes are very damaging to the sport, but most of all to our athletes who are being discriminated against. Their equal rights are being stripped from them. They are not giving equal education or equal pay. The sport itself does not induce racism.
What is considered offensive? Is it considered offensive to use obscenities around children? According to many people in the United States, it is sport team names and mascots that depict a certain group of people are considered offensive. People around the United States are trying to get professional sport teams to change their names and mascots because they feel it depicts their certain race in bad way. Teams should have to change their mascot and their name if they are named after a certain group of people.
I have dealt with many stereotypes that make me feel down or hurt, however I got over that by not caring of what others may think, the only thing that matters is how you react to those stereotypes. In conclusion media does have an action in promoting stereotypes by creating misassumptions they have on a certain race without knowing their ethnic religion or group that well. People will believe it from thinking that all things on TV or news are all true and should be listen to. Media that influence these stereotype are so bad that it makes people think that it is true and feel that they know everything about another race without knowing the real truth, but by contradictory thoughts whether it is true or not.
Sports Media Media is known for taking an issue and exaggerating the truth and putting out the bias of their own political ideology. In sports media the same could be said about how the sports analyst have their bias about teams, players and coaches. This bias directly hurts the image and reputation of people who may not want the attention or made a mistake that was blown out of proportion. Also sports media tend to cover many rumors that may not always be true, but even if the rumor isn’t true at the end, it tends to affect the viewer’s perspective anyway. Sports media outlets such as ESPN and recently Fox Sports 1 hurt or enhance the images of players, coaches, owners, and teams by covering and reporting rumors that are sometimes untrue and they also broadcast sportscasters' biased opinions ultimately causing the public to change their opinions of sports figures.
Many organizations banned the racism, and the laws against racism have been established and modified throughout the history. However, when it comes to discussing the racism, it is still controversial. Especially, between majority and minority, their view of deciding whether it is racism or not is very different. Whites do not realize that they have been getting unfair advantages implicitly from the society, which can be described as white privilege. From the view of non-whites, it often seems as racism to them.
Is of no surprise that racial discrimination has mainly welcomed itself into sports, has this has been an issue which have perplexed many of sports analysts the 21st century. But, what are likely the effects of racial discrimination on sports? Firstly, an atmosphere where sport activities are performed is very hostile. An instance where racial discrimination is prevalent, riots may occur during which sports such as crickets, soccer, and baseball, basketball now become less preferred due to the preference of some athletes to others as a result of their colour, culture and race. An instance of this kind of incident is the ill treatment of some players by fans racism at the Spain v. England international football match in Madrid on 17 November 2004 (Bradbury, & Williams, 2006 p.61).
Sadly, those are the words that I have said to myself because of the norm that society has put on today’s culture. There are people who look in the mirror in disgust because they do not look like a supermodel or their friends. Some would say that discrimination and racism are in the past. If that was the case, then why is stereotyping according to race, height, weight, and abilities still occurring? Although some believe that stereotyping is excusable, there are people thinking it is okay to stereotype, feeling rejected, and some who are rising up to tear down the ones who broke them.