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“Talking Around Race: Stereotypes, Media and the Twenty-First Century Collegiate Athlete”

Blog Category: Race & Economics in the Media

By: *Kevin P. Diduch

Generally, people watch a sport to get away from their daily lives and enjoy one of America’s many pastimes, not to discuss race-related issues and their prevalence in society.  Although sportscasters try to avoid discussing these important issues, there is no true escape – racial stereotypes have continuously infiltrated their way into the dialogue.  How has this happened?  The Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy recently answered this question in an article entitled, “Talking Around Race: Stereotypes, Media and the Twenty-First Century Collegiate Athlete,” focusing on the various ways the NBA and NFL have put minority collegiate athletes at an educational and social disadvantage – and the way sports broadcasters have stereotyped those athletes by “talking around” the issue.

I partially agree with the article’s conclusion that the issues adversely affecting minority athletes have been “talked around,” but only to the extent that sports broadcasters are reluctant to address the issue directly during broadcasts such as SportsCenter and SportsNite.  Broadcasters may simply prefer to discuss these issues in a different forum outside of the sports world.

To read more about the article, and a means of forming your own opinion, click here.

 

The opinions expressed herein are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race.

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*Kevin P. Diduch is currently the Bluebook & Research Editor on the Widener Journal of Law, Economics and Race. To learn more about Kevin Diduch, click here to visit his page: Kevin P. Diduch

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