Chapter 9, takes a deeper look into the relationship between racism and professional sport. It examines racial barriers and various hurdles still existing in today’s sport. Professional sport is one of the least racial areas in today’s society. Over recent decades racism in sport has become less of an issue, excluding a few specific cases.
One of the examples of racism discussed in this chapter was Joel Ward meeting the Boston faithful. Ward is an African American hockey player playing for the Washington Capitals. Ward not known for his profound scoring ability, but he scored the series clinching goal in overtime. This resulted in a huge backlash from Bruins fans and hockey fans in general. Fans began yelling, tweeting and blogging racial comments regarding Joel Ward instead of recognizing his efforts and congratulating him and the Capitals on their victory. Was this really fair to Joel Ward, who did nothing but work hard for his team and organization?
Through all of this it proved how sport is one of the least racial areas in society, as stated earlier. After the goal, the Bruins waited until the Capitals celebration had concluded and proceeded to congratulate them on their victory. This showed a great deal of class, and the Bruins team was not concerned about who scored the goal, but were willing to recognize the other team’s accomplishments. Although hockey is dominated by whites, there are several great African American players who have become stars in the game that should be treated as equals. There is no place in society for racial remarks; professional sport has done an excellent job at acknowledging players, coaches and owners of all backgrounds for their accomplishments, eliminating any racial bias and establishing equality.
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