Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Is Racing Racist or Economically Challenging?

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I find myself watching racing right now (no worries, it is a couple of hours prior to the Gator game) and wondering whether the lack of African Americans in all forms of racing is due to an underlying racist culture, or the challenges of overcoming the high price tag associated with starting one’s career.  No one disputes that racing is an expensive sport, but I wonder why so few minority Americans have made it to the “majors.”  Roger Penske (one of the racing greats) said, in racing, in order to make a small fortune that one must start out with a large one; but, is that the only factor that keeps minorities from the race track?  To me talent is talent no matter where it exists, and I am wondering whether there is an underlying culture that doesn’t give minorities a chance, or if minorities aren’t exposed to this form of sport due to the ever increasing price tag associated with the equipment needed?  My hope is that, either way, this culture or lack of opportunity will dissipate and allow for a greater and broader audience and field for the sport.

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Written by jamesrobertson1

October 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. My personal feeling is the more people that are protected from racing, the better. Driving in circles whee!!!!

    You do make an interesting point though, I dont watch racing at all but has there never been a black racer or what?

    ahartzog

    October 11, 2009 at 2:07 pm


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