The Opium of the Masses

The recent "N Word" controversy in the National Football League underscores many unspoken anxieties in contemporary sports; these include the dominance of African-Americans in America's pastime, as well as the degree to which national and regional identities are defined by teams comprised of thugs and criminals. Andy, Colin, and Richard discuss race and sports.

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The Riley Cooper Controversy
Greg Johnson, "The Nigger Word"
The anti-racist passion of Skip Bayless
Denzel Washington utters the N-Word on Letterman
Hillsday College President utters "dark ones"
John Rocker controversy
Caste Football
Affirmative-Action in South African Rugby
Alternative Right, Football: Opium of the Masses"White Fans/Black Athletes"