REACH YOUR PEAK
Written by Dr Brandon J. Currie
Frustration, Anger, Confusion, Sadness, and lots of questions continue to circulate through my mind as I think about the recent events unfolding across our nation. These events are nothing new to me personally. I am a Black man that has experienced oppression and racism on many fronts, and at times without much support from people outside of my family and close friends. The killings and treatment of people in the Black community are tragic, dehumanizing, and violate the human rights and equality supposedly imbedded in the fabric of American society. The truth is we are still having the same conversations and issues surrounding systemic racism and racial inequality with very few solutions or guidance in place to create true change in this revolving struggle of race and equality.
The recent death of George Floyd and so many others has shined a light on the wrongful treatment of human beings because of the color of their skin. These horrific events have shown the need for some to implement power over specific groups of people to ensure it is known who maintains control in this nation. This power struggle extends beyond police brutality and is layered in all of the social norms connected to our society. This negative imagery is mirrored in the world of athletics and the treatment of athletes of color. There are multiple areas I can address and discuss to provide specific examples of where you will see the large disparities in the treatment of people of color in the world of sports. For example, Black head coaches or Blacks in leadership positions at the collegiate and professional levels, specifically for sports like basketball and football, are disproportionate in comparison to the amount of players participating in those sports.