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Black Athletes are Not Charity Cases
The outrageously bigoted remarks attributed to the owner of the
Perhaps the most incredible of
"I support them and give them food and clothes and cars and houses. Does someone else give it to them? Who makes this game? Do I make this game or do they make this game?"
Sterling seems to think he's handing out charity to the highly skilled players who make money for him every time they step onto the court. They ought to refuse to play anymore this season. But because the
For many years, the sport of boxing was the most notable avenue for young African-American men to escape poverty and gain riches and at least a modicum of social acceptance in white society.
At least eight of the 10 boxers usually regarded to be among the greatest (including
Other fight experts would cite
For decades afterward, however, black athletes remained barred from the major pro baseball and football leagues, though they excelled in leagues of their own in both sports, but without the monetary rewards of the white leagues.
The breaking of the color line in baseball did not come until 1947, when Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey brought up from his farm team in
As for pro basketball, the first African-Americans were not drafted into the
According to the official
Lloyd played seven games that year before going into the army and serving in Korea. Upon returning, he played nine years, ending in
The pool of outstanding black players was so abundant that the floodgates were soon open, to the point that currently about three-quarters of all
"Black Athletes are Not Charity Cases"