Analysis Of Black Fists And Fool's Gold

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Jamal L. Ratchford (2012) discusses public response to self-determination and forms of racism in America and sports in “Black Fists and Fool’s Gold: The 1960’s Black Athletic Revolt Reconsidered – The LeBron James Decision and Self Determination in Post-Racial America.” Through use of various testimonies of important figures, statistics, and examples of celebrity athletes, Ratchford seeks to determine the relationship and impact that black athletes have on American society through self-determination. Some of the questions that were answered are why there is uneven ratio of blacks to whites in the media and sports, and the impact of this. Although Ratchford discusses the relationship between sports and racism, he does not explain the consequences …show more content…
He states, “According to Tides, in 2010, 94 percent of sports editors were white, 2 percent black, and 4 percent other… Out of five surveys, blacks only comprised double-digit features in one category: 10 percent of columnists” (Ratchford 54). These statistics show the imbalance of races in sports media. Athlete’s actions are talked about in the media and they could commonly be misinterpreted or misjudged similar to the LeBron James Decision. This uneven ration is similar to other jobs. In Erasing Racism, Asante explains how there is racism in the workplace and it is difficult for blacks to get certain jobs, or even reach higher positions. Asante argues, “Many whites would typically argue that racism does not exist in the workplaces. Yet in almost all cases where African Americans work with whites, operate on the basis of race… they face racial discrimination that often prevents them from reaching their highest potential” (Asante 276). This is related because even if African Americans wanted to get jobs in the media, they are constantly discriminated against, and this is one of the things that Ratchford does not mention. This causes problems because it means that black athletes are being misrepresented by those in the …show more content…
He states that they aspire to become professional athletes, “Since sports, unlike most other forms or labor available to them, offered monetary wealth, blacks over-pursued sports and viewed them as a means to thrive in American society” (Ratchford 54-55) Ratchford mentions the problems that come with this, which are that chances for an athlete to play professionally are slim, he does not mention that this is not the only profession in which it is difficult for African Americans to make it to the top. For example, Asante in Erasing Racism examines this challenge for African Americans in the medical field. For those blacks that do obtain the resources to go to medical school, it is difficult for them to be at the top of their profession. Asante argues, “It is rare that he [an African American] will reach the very top of the profession in terms of material rewards because such ascendancy depends upon the referrals of white doctors” (Asante 264). This is similar to how it is difficult for African Americans to become professional athletes because it proves that whites have a say in how successful blacks are. This explains one of the reasons why it is difficult for African Americans to make it to the top of their profession such as playing professional sports, which is something Asante does not expand

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