This essay examines how black sportspeople aren’t sheltered from racism, though they are famous and loved. In the past, black players faced segregation and more overt, aggressive forms of racism. But today, the sports world has come a long way with integration, stricter policies, and protests going global. Racism is perpetuated by racist fans online and in the stands, and sports commentators who use racial tropes rooted in biological racism. More awareness and debunking are needed. White players can take a stand in the heat of an incident to send a stronger message too. It worked in the past, so it can work again.
"Being Black in Sports,"
Emerging Writers: Vol. 5, Article 11.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/emergingwriters/vol5/iss1/11