The Protest Of Sports Protests Essay
Sports have always been a major part of the American way of life, no matter what people’s race, gender, religious background and/or sexual orientation is, people from all walks of life partake in or are fans of some area of sports in one way or another. Sports have such an influence on society that Nelson Mandela was able to use the sport rugby to help dismantle the apartheid system in South Africa. Mandela has once said “Sports has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a ways that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”
Many athletes understood this perspective and have used their platform within the sports and social arenas to stand up for positive change. For instance, in 1966 the Vietnam War had taken the lives of thousands of Americans. Muhammad Ali protested the military draft and argued that he was exempt from the draft on religious grounds of conscientious objection due to his Islamic faith. Many people in this county were shocked by his actions. Some supported him for his moral beliefs and willingness to take a stand for peace and justice while others were upset and called him a coward.
Many people, believed Ali’s actions to be “a public stand for his race, a continuation of his rejection of…