Topic: Race

October 9, 2013

Sportswriting as we know it more or less began in Chicago. From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sportswriting from the Tribune, Sun-Times, and Other Newspapers, a new anthology of Chicago sportswriting edited by the veteran columnist Ron Rapoport, shows how sportswriting grew up, and grew with the times, in the Windy City.

May 11, 2012

Caribbean immigrants not only helped lead the emergence of basketball among blacks in the earliest days of the sport but also dominated African-American hoops in the early 1900s. This wasn’t just on the court. West Indians were at the top of the power structure that ruled New York City’s black basketball scene

April 4, 2012

O'Neal's ubiquitous skin care spot with his mom warmed a lot of hearts, but did it dodge the very point it was trying to make? 

March 26, 2012

The horror of Trayvon Martin's murder in Sanford, Florida is a lot to take, for a lot of very good reasons. But for all the horror and ugliness that the case revealed and has continued to reveal, the response to this injustice has also contained a fragile sort of hope. That the NBA Players Association, the Miami Heat, and LeBron James (of all people) have been a part of that is surprising, and inspiring in its own right.

March 12, 2012

Mark Cuban, criticized rightly for an idiotic aside, decided it was time to look deep within himself and confront his latent prejudices. What’s troubling is that about Cuban isolated the incident, making it about him instead of paying the slightest bit of attention to the circumstances surrounding his offense.

February 16, 2012

In the fortune cookie splashed on the screen, we can decipher two games Lin is playing and winning—one is basketball, the other is the portrayal of Asians in the American media complex. Winning one wins the other.

February 8, 2012

James Naismith invented basketball, and John McLendon Jr. revolutionized it with the fast break. But when McLendon first enrolled the University of Kansas in the 1930's, Director of Phys Ed Naismith proved an important ally in fighting against segregation away from the court.

February 7, 2012

Last night, Liverpool fans welcomed Luis Suárez onto the field with an ovation fit for an explorer returning from having conquered some Antarctic ice floe for Queen and country. That he was actually returning from an eight-match suspension for insulting Manchester United's Patrice Evra with reference to the colour of Evra's skin during a match in October lent it an uneasy air, however predictably so.