Language matters – focus on sports

Language matters - focus on sports

Sports and sporting organizations have been a productive arena for our class’ focus on institutionalized forms of oppression. Check out this interesting crowd-sourced inquiry into the language that’s used to describe athletes from different racial backgrounds. Click on the pic for more.

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http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/04/mfa-vs-poc.html

Award-winning author Junot Díaz on the ways that graduate programs at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) are counter to the interests, and vibrancy of People of Color. Although he doesn’t use the term, it’s related to what bell hooks calls the phenomenon of ‘eating the other,’ that frequently occurs when whiteness (the idea that all that is Euro-descendant is better) goes unchallenged.