Zirin Ch. 9 – I’m Not Your Child: Racism Today in Sports

Critical Response

In Dave Zirin’s book “Game Over”, chapter 9 titled “’I’m Not your Child’: Racism Today in Sports” Zirin discusses racism that happens in professional sports. The author uses Dwayne Wade, Jeremy Lin and Joel Ward along with a few others as different examples of racism that has happened in sport over the past couple years.

In the example of Dwayne Wade, Zirin explains that NBA Commissioner David Stern points in Wade’s face repeatedly during a meeting with the players, and Wade responded by saying “I’m not your child”, this altercation brought up many questions in the media trying to accuse Stern of being a racist. Despite being the only sport having an African-American sitting in an owners box these accusations were brought out.

With the case of Jeremy Lin, the first American born Chinese-Taiwanese decent ever in NBA history, his amazing outbreak into the NBA caused some racist headlines by ESPN, one of the largest sport companies in North America.

With respects to Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals scoring the Game 7 overtime winner in 2012 quarterfinal playoff game against the Boston Bruins, Ward was the subject of many racist tweets that were published after the game.

These three examples plus the other ones that Zirin highlighted in the chapter show the racism that still exists in professional sports. However, you must think that since the time of Jackie Robinson entering into the MLB, professional sports as a whole have grown a lot in trying to remove racism from the game. Until racism outside of sport has disappeared there will still be racism in sport because it is the same people that are racist outside sport are the ones that bring racism out in sport. It is going to take some time, but once everyone realizes that we are all equal and racism is eliminated outside sports, racism will be eliminated in professional sports.

Zirin, D. (2013). Game over: How politics has turned the sports world upside down. (pp.163-183). New York, United States of America: The New Press.

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