Sports' Racial Divide

April 10, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, New York City College of Technology

In his 2006 best-selling book “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” New York Times sports columnist William Rhoden argues that black athletes, despite earning hefty paychecks, are still “programmed” to follow the directions of team owners. By comparing successful 20th-century black athletes to their contemporaries, Mr. Rhoden claims that today’s black star athletes still enjoy less freedom than do white athletes. Speaking at the New York City College of Technology’s Blacks in Sports event, Mr. Rhoden discusses the current controversy surrounding steroids in sports and uses Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to demonstrate the racial divide in sports coverage.
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