Perspectives on Race

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White Star is needed to elevate the NBA

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I am a huge fan of sports and that is pretty much all I watch on tv. I was watching Outside the Line, a show on ESPN and they were talking about potential 2010 draft prospect for the NBA. One of the player they talked about was Gordon Hayward, from Butler University. Gordon is white and he is a very talented player. The debate was that Gordon can be the “white Star” that the NBA need to make it rise to a higher level than it is now. Often times when you hear people speak of stars in the NBA, you usually hear the name Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and all of those stars are African Americans. Although this is the case, I would rather them label these stars as just “Stars” instead of black stars or white stars. I don’t think that people should make race an issue when it comes to sports because I like sports because of the nature of it not because of which race that’s playing it. So it was kind of weird to hear them debating about him being a “white star” that will change somehow change the league since Larry Bird instead of labeling him as just a star.

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Written by jobyjob

April 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think its sad that people relate race to everything nowadays. I’m not sure I understand what the espn person meant when he said having a white star would elevate the NBA to a higher level. Is he trying to say that the many black stars the NBA has is bringing it down??

    taishae

    April 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm

  2. they meant that the NBA is full of Black Star and its at a high level but if a white star were to enter the league right it would take the league to even a higher level like when Magic Johnson and Larry Bird era.

    jobyjob

    April 2, 2010 at 9:56 pm

  3. I completely agree. I think that there is no reason why they should make a distinction between “white stars” and “black stars.” It seems kind of backwards in the sense that we should be moving forward in terms of race relations and diversity.

    dmg24

    April 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

  4. Being White is not what made Larry Bird amazing anymore than being Black made Magic a star. How about every player elevate their game to elevate the NBA? They sound as if they’d make great announcers for the All-American Basketball Association that the one racist guy was trying to implement in which only White non-immigrant Americans could play.

    mzlisarenee

    April 5, 2010 at 3:24 am


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