African Americans in Media

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Perception of African American Athletes In The Media

Perception of African American athletes in the media depends on what sport they play. In a lot of eyes African American Athletes are seen as aggressive. Basketball and football are the sports that give the most negative perception. These aggressive sports sometime develop physical altercations. Since the majority of these fights are between African Americans, people see them as aggressive. A recent report by CNN states that there’s a growing number of African Americans populating Major League Baseball rosters. Baseball is seen as a less aggressive sport that has fewer fights. Even on the female side, the Williams sisters are viewed as very aggressive. From there wardrobe to powerful serves, they often intimidate the opponent before the first ball is thrown up to be served. The irony of it all is that no one in the industry was more aggressive in that sport than John Mc Enroe.

For the last few decades, ESPN has been dubbed “The Worldwide Leader in Sports.” It is a sports fanatics CNN. When you want to see the latest in sporting news we direct the remote to ESPN. Just last week I watched them repeatedly show an on court altercation of the Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo repeatedly bump an official. Once that image is imbedded in your head over and over, people begin to put not just Rondo in the aggressor mode, but all black athletes. The Rondo incident was posted on youtube and it has already been viewed 656,432 times as of May 5th, 2012! Another example of an African American athlete getting a lot attention is when Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles elbowed James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In a week this video got 658,356 views on youtube.

People are obsessed with drama in sports. The National Hockey League which has less than 1 percent of minority participation has made a successful living off of advertising physical altercations. However it plays to a much smaller national fan base, so it...
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