Racial Integration In Sports

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Another interesting point that Kaliss mentioned in his book is that racial integration in sports can also influence other people watching and not just the athlete playing. Sports in a way can influence the stereotype and the beliefs of others. He mentioned that athletes are able to create a space that temporarily adjourned people’s conviction (Kaliss 174). In a way, when people are engrossed with the play that the athletes show, fans will always cheer them on regardless of the skin color, race or gender. In my primary source, the movie trailer of “Remember the Titans”, we observed a scene where the fans are all cheering for the football team even though the one who scored the point was a black athlete. At that moment, the fans did not consider …show more content…
But, there is a scene in the primary source that shows violence happened in the team where they fight each other. Many people will actually believe that this scene has nothing interesting and a common occurrence in a sports team but this particular scene actually disapproved the theory of cooperation are obtainable in a racially integrated team and this contradict my belief where racial integration actually help in lessen this racial issue. A particular journal article written by Daniel Burdsey entitled “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: Microaggressions, Color-Blind Ideology And The Mitigation Of Racism In English Men’s First-Class Cricket” actually support this idea where racial integration in sports actually proved to deepen and widen the gap between the races. In his article, he focused on the cricket game in the British. He mentioned that “racism is not only tolerated, but sanctioned by the English cricket authorities” (Burdsey 264). In defining how racial integration deteriorating the tension, he uses the term “racial microaggression” (Burdsey 268) which further separated into “microassault” (Burdsey 271) and “microinsult” (Burdsey 272). Both the “microassault” and “microassault” are actually depicted throughout the primary …show more content…
in Burdsey 268). In other words, this “microaggression” is the action of the dominant group disparaging the minority group in a subtle or unconscious way whether through their gestures, looks or tones. The first division of “microaggressions” is the “microassault”. “Microassault” is defined as an “explicit racial derogation characterized primarily by a verbal or nonverbal attack meant to hurt the intended victim through name-calling, avoidant behavior, or purposeful discriminatory actions” (qtd. in Burdsey 271). In the primary source, we can see this during one of the early matches of the championship. A white player purposely letting the opponent passed him and slammed the quarterback which is a black player. The white player action actually made the black player unable to continue playing the game. This indirect action of discrimination is also a part of “microassault” where the white player intended and purposely hurt the black player. This only slightly differ from “microinsult” which is defined as “communication that convey rudeness and insensitivity and demean a person’s racial heritage or identity” (qtd. in Burdsey 272). “Microassault” is slightly different compare to “microinsult” in term of the level of discrimination action. “Microinsult” is more subtle and unnoticed seeing that it

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