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Athletes And Activism

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Black Figures and Activism
The black people are subjected to discriminative economic endurance, which oppresses
them towards the economic privileges; hence routing the racial inequality like recent the
"TakeAKnee" demonstrations has been a way of protesting against black racism. Black athletes
experience persistent and systemic racial injustices that subjugate black people in America, thus
pushing them to protest by boycotting against whites' unfairness. Black athletes also face
compensation discrimination, which draws the reason for protesting to use a boycott to awaken
racial consciousness and improve black freedom. The root of the black Athlete activism against
racial injustices is traced in downing the black liberation and baring the blacks against white's
inequality. Blacks' experiences, such as the denial of voting rights, access to mass media, and
unequal schooling, have been the cause of protesting. It endorses the reason for the black to
protest by boycotting against such total inequality and in expressing their displeasure. According
to Colin Kaepernick, the black's considerate vocal critics on the discriminative injustices call for
the boycott to raise the alarm in expressing their displeasures. This essay focuses on Muhammad
Ali, James Baldwin, and Laurie Cunningham, who were prominent black figures and fought
against racial discrimination through activism.
The common aspect evident in Ali A Life by Jonathan Eig and Different Class by Dermot
Kavanagh is that racism in the sports sector has been a significant problem over a long period.

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The discrimination against black players has been explicitly worse in the history of sports.
Despite all these racism issues in world sports, most of the black American players thrived and
became champions in their respective games. For example, Jonathan Eig describes Mohammad
Ali as a bold character who withstood all racial discrimination towards him as a Black American
until he became a world boxing champion (230). In contrast, Dermot Kavanagh illustrates Laurie
Cunningham as a footballer who endured racism attacks by white European fans to become the
first Black English man to play for England's national team. Later, Cunningham became the first
black Englishman to play professional football for the Real Madrid Football Club (Kavanagh,
18). Overall, the success of both Laurie Cunningham and Mohammed Ali changed the way black
players were viewed. Therefore, the two paved the way for the new generation of black players
in their respective sports because of withstanding racial discrimination challenges.
Another African American who overcame racial discrimination challenges was James
Baldwin, who as a novelist, essayist, and playwright. Baldwin was raised in the ghettos of
Harlem, New York, and later, he became a very influential figure in the civil rights movement.
Baldwin got firsthand experience on what it means to be raised in a harsh environment. This
experience made him conscious of the inequities he faced as a black person in comparison to his
white peers. The more he became aware of these facts, the angrier he became of injustices
perpetrated on black students. This anger made Baldwin write an essay titled "the talk to
teachers" that aimed to change society's perspective on racial segregation. The theme of the
article attempted to showcase the racial inequalities gaps within American society. Baldwin
wrote other series of essays that have remained relevant because of their message. Baldwin was
unsatisfied with the structure of society and how it was organized to oppress black people. He

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Surname 1 Student Name Institution Course Instructor Date Black Figures and Activism The black people are subjected to discriminative economic endurance, which oppresses them towards the economic privileges; hence routing the racial inequality like recent the "TakeAKnee" demonstrations has been a way of protesting against black racism. Black athletes experience persistent and systemic racial injustices that subjugate black people in America, thus pushing them to protest by boycotting against whites' unfairness. Black athletes also face compensation discrimination, which draws the reason for protesting to use a boycott to awaken racial consciousness and improve black freedom. The root of the black Athlete activism against racial injustices is traced in downing the black liberation and baring the blacks against white's inequality. Blacks' experiences, such as the denial of voting rights, access to mass media, and unequal schooling, have been the cause of protesting. It endorses the reason for the black to protest by boycotting against such total inequality and in expressing their displeasure. According to Colin Kaepernick, the black's considerate vocal critics on the discriminative i ...
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