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Links 1 through 7 of 7 by Latoya Peterson tagged sportsandrace

"What did Bonds do to 'obstruct justice'? According to one juror, 'Steve,' the obstruction of justice charge was reached because, 'The whole grand jury testimony was a series of evasive answers. There were pointed questions that were asked two or three or four different ways that never got clearly answered. That's how we came to that.'

"Wow. Apparently, a 'series of evasive answers' lines you up for a 10-year sentence behind bars. By that standard, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby should be breaking rocks in Leavenworth for their performance at the Valerie Plame trial."

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"Another recent case involving the school system in the state of Ohio is that of Kelley Williams-Bolar, the woman who was sent to jail for sending her kids to the "wrong" school district. This case relates to the racial issues at Richmond Heights in part because the same school districts that will keep Kelley Williams-Bolar's kids out are the ones that will gladly ship a black boy out of the inner city so he can serve them on the basketball court. So, in other words, black people are rewarded for being athletic and in many cases punished for being intelligent."

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"After the 1932 season, Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall -- affectionately known, according to African-American studies professor Dr. Charles Ross, as the '... leading racist in the NFL' -- convinced other club owners to implement a non-formal ban of black players. This 'ban' lasted 13 seasons.

"Understanding there was a 13-year period when no black players were allowed to participate in the NFL is critical in understanding why the prejudices and stereotypes exist today. There was a collective and concerted effort to maintain white rosters throughout the league that impacts today's game and thinking."

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"The 30-year-old Amauri is a late bloomer who has never played for his country of birth or Italy. He gained Italian citizenship in April by way of marriage and had hoped to be picked for the World Cup, but he was in poor form last season and left off the team.

"Also called up was Mario Balotelli, a talented 19-year-old of Ghanian descent who has been subjected to racial taunts from fans at games in Italy the past two seasons.

“'I will play against prejudice,' Amauri said. 'Mario and I will do everything we can to make these people change their minds.'"

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"The 23 players on the Iroquois national lacrosse team expected to spend this week vying for a world championship.

"Instead, they spent Friday night divvying up their gear in the driveway outside a Hilton hotel here, having officially declared defeat in their weeklong dispute with the British government over whether they should be allowed to travel using their tribal passports."

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"CBC's coverage seems to give tacit approval to an idea of the big physical undisciplined African. Despite African teams averaging less than a goal against them in each one in their opening games, nearly all were challenged as having possible issues with a lack of defensive discipline. Going into the Nigeria vs. Argentina match, CBC's Nigel Reed claimed that Nigerians would be physical and challenge the Argentines. In actuality the Nigerians committed only one more foul than the South American team."

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But there’s plenty more political fútbol: “Samuel Eto’o believes the World Cup in South Africa can help to diminish the racism that has blighted European football,” the Guardian reported after an interview with Cameroon’s captain, who has long complained about racist fans in Spain and Italy. “Most people only see Africa in terms of poverty and war, famine and disease. But this World Cup gives us the chance to show something different. I think the whole world is going to be really surprised by Africa. This could be the best World Cup in history.”

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