Mauhammad Ali

African-Americans have been regarded as the lower caste in society by their white counterparts since they were brought to America via slave ships. African-Americans have been also been ostracized and socially persecuted by their white counterparts in the past (Jim Crow Laws) and even today. However, African-Americans are ‘socially acceptable’ by society for their athletic prowess and achievements in the arena of sports. How can this be? Our class has been discussing this theme all semester. This is an example of the relationship between race, sports, and society. Sports allows individuals regarded as ‘lesser individuals’ to enter spaces previously occupied by people regarded as ‘the upper echelon’ of society. This will be the theme of this paper. It will examine why ‘race’ matters when it comes to understanding sports, in particular, and society, in general. In addition, it will examine the world through the prism of race. How did sports originate? Sports was a way in which individuals could relax and get away from the daily grinds of life in the late 19th and early 20th century. The most popular sports were baseball and boxing. These sports allowed ‘blue-collar’ workers to socialize and have a good time. As mentioned in the above paragraph, baseball and boxing were the two most popular sports during this era. These were sociable events, which were limited to Whites. Society did not want to allow any African-Americans enter into the sports arena because it would give African-Americans a window of opportunity to enter in to other spaces, and Whites did not want this to happen. Let’s examine these two particular sports. Baseball, regarded as ‘America’s favorite past time’ has been one of the most influential sports in understanding the relationship between race, sports, and society. It is the sport that brings everyone together and makes you feel like you are part of the game. However, this game would nev…

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