Racism in Sports Media
Racism in sports journalism is everywhere. It's so in your face that it barely registers. Every white dude is a "hard working, over achiever". Every black athlete is of course "naturally gifted". It's shocking how blatant it is and even more shocking that no one ever reacts. I was watching the combine the other day and some pale skinned defensive end was running some drill and naturally the comment was... hard working, student of the game blah, blah, blah... then he was of course compared to fellow pasty d-ends Patrick Kerney and Justin Smith. Really? Here in 2011 :D this is the best we can do? Honestly I don't find any of this stereotyping is done out of hatred, it's down to pure lazy thinking... and sportswriters are some of the laziest mofos on the planet.
I know Jason Whitlock isn't the most popular guy, but his second last podcast did an greatt job of covering the topic of racial stereotyping in sports media. It was an excellent bit of of podcastery.
I don't find myself outraged by it, but definitely surprised that it still is so pervasive in the coverage of almost every sport... it's a lazy crutch and replaces actually doing some thought on the real strengths and weaknesses of a given player.
Hopefully media members like Whitlock continue to point out this stuff...
Man, that Marc Mariani is teh awesome! Dude is the next Wes Welker!