Discrimination Based On Ethnic Background And Sexual Orientation

840 Words Mar 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Some people in today’s society believe that discriminatory behaviors are a thing of the past; however, this is not true. Unfortunately, there will be people who blindly discriminate others for the purpose of feeling superior and remain ignorant. One major area that continues to discriminatory opinions is the world of sports, specifically professional sports; however, there are differing opinions on the type of discrimination that is most prevalent. Discrimination based on ethnic background and sexual orientation has been a major problem in society. The sports world is one area that has been impacted by this issue and needs to be solved for athletes of these sports leagues. Kevin B. Blackistone’s article, Cam Newton and the Long History of Double Standards for Black Athletes, talks about the different ways racisms is still a problem in the sports world. He talks about the events in the past decade that have shown racism is still an issue in American sports. Cam Newton, the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, is the main athlete he discusses in his article and the criticism he has recently received by the media and fans. The punishments that minority athletes receive compared to the white athletes are drastically different. Blackistone talks about Zach Mettenberger, the current quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, was dismissed from his university in the college for pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. According to Blackistone, “Mettenberger was…

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