Roberto Clemente Impact

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Throughout history sports has impacted the world in positive and negative ways. Reactions to certain events and athletes in sports has shown how people feel towards each other, whether it be positive or negative. The reaction to the Munich Massacre of the 1972 Olympics, Hank Aaron surpassing Babe Ruth’s homerun record and Roberto Clemente’s death in the 1970s show the start of racial bias against Palestinians and the long term racial bias against Latinos and African Americans. The Munich Massacre of 1972 played a large role in sports of the 1970s and the peoples beliefs. During the 1972 Olympics, hosted in Berlin, Germany, a group known as the Palestinian Black September Organization held 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage and …show more content…

Roberto Clemente was often ridiculed in the press because he was not completely fluent in English and what he said was typically typed out in the exact way he had pronounced the word and yelled at by the spectators watching the game. Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash on his way to deliver food and clothing to earthquake victims in Managua, Nicaragua on December 31, 1972. After his death people had begun to call him an “Irreplaceable hero” and talking about his success in his baseball career (The New York Times). Clemente’s obituary in The New York Times had described him as being a humanitarian and a strong defensive outfielder. However, the way the article described him led the reader to feel no emotional connection and had focused more on how he had died than the impact he left on the world. The article demonstrates the overall tone and feeling of it being too little too late to respect Roberto Clemente and his ability to play baseball well and be selfless enough to not focus on the ridicule from the crowd and the press. The people of the United States attitudes in the 70s are shown by them being unappreciative while he was alive to suddenly believing he was an amazing player after his death because of the feeling that once someone is dead it is no longer okay to disrespect them. The Americans believing that a living person is not worth as much as when they die shows the effect of not knowing what they have until it is gone being

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