Who Knew? Football 'Violence' Is Racist Because It 'Disproportionately Affects Black Men'

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Welp, it’s time to add one more thing to the ever-growing list of Everything About America Is Racist…

In the aftermath of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffering cardiac arrest while making a tackle during last Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, well wishes and prayers poured in for the 24-year-old NFL player. While Hamlin remains in critical condition as of this article, he continues to improve, and his “neurological condition is excellent.”


While responses ranged from wishes for a healthy recovery to observations that players refuse to kneel in prayer before or after games (which is incorrect), prayers from players throughout the NFL have been plentiful in response to Hamlin’s medical condition. Then there’s Scientific American.

In an opinion piece posted on the SA website titled Damar Hamlin’s Collapse Highlights the Violence Black Men Experience in Football, the author wrote: “The terrifyingly ordinary nature of football’s violence disproportionately affects Black men.” As one might expect, I have thoughts — which I’ll share in The Bottom Line at the end.

Anyway, writer Tracie Canada suggested “this scene was horrific for both its regularity and its exceptionality,” adding:

This ordinary violence has always riddled the sport and it affects all players. But Black players are disproportionately affected. While Black men are severely underrepresented in positions of power across football organizations, such as coaching and management, they are overrepresented on the gridiron.

Non-white players account for 70 percent of the NFL; nearly half of all Division I college football players are Black. Further, through a process called racial stacking, coaches racially segregate athletes by playing positions. These demographic discrepancies place Black athletes at a higher risk during play.


Maybe it was a slow day for Ms. Canada, so she wrote the above nonsense to kill time. That, or she possesses zero knowledge of sports, and the nature of competition on a team to make the roster. Either way or both, Canada continued the silliness, in different words:

As a cultural anthropologist, I’ve spent the last decade learning how Black college football players navigate the exploitation, racism, and anti-Blackness that are fundamental to its current system. I know it’s not new to highlight the inherent violence of American football.

This sport requires exceptional athletes, who are otherwise ordinary men, to perform extraordinary feats on the field. We liken these men to gladiators and warriors. The leagues, organizations, teams, coaches, spectators, and fans who benefit from their performance expect them to tough it out when they get hurt and applaud them when they play through these injuries.

Ms. Canada obviously “forgot” that football players of all colors, backgrounds, and positions in society work for years to play in the NFL. She also “forgot” to mention the amount of money earned by even average players in the NFL, but no matter; neither of my observations fit Ms. Canada’s leftist, racially-divisive narrative.

Here’s one more snippet for your reading pleasure:


Football is a spectacle where excessive violence is mundane, because hits that cause injuries are a constant occurrence, and spectators are desensitized to it. Consumers of the sport assume players will withstand any bodily affront, so they are shocked when a player’s physical limits are exceeded, often on very public stages.

People with a vested interest in professional football rationalize excessive violence in this structured space, as well as the ones that encompass college, high school and peewee play, all because they assume that rules, equipment, and regulations exist to prevent death. But this is false protection.

While this form of entertainment has been normalized, Hamlin’s injury demonstrates that ordinary violence has potentially deadly consequences, and highlights how Black men’s athletic labor sustains this brutal system.

Canada spewed more tripe, which you can check out in its entirety by clicking the “opinion piece” link I included earlier in the article.

The Bottom Line

While it’s easy to laugh off left-wingers, including racist hustlers, their objectives are anything but funny. They want nothing less than to break down every aspect of American society. That said, this is another “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” example for white America. Players in all sports win spots on rosters due to athletic ability.  Black, brown, white, purple, or chartreuse, the color of an athlete’s skin has zero relevance with earning a job on a team.


Tracie Canada’s attempt to exploit the Damar Hamlin story is just another on a long list of left-wing “never let a crisis go to waste” efforts. She is irrelevant; her words make a mockery of the very nature of racism, and I’d bet my last dollar that Damar Hamlin disagrees with everything she wasted her time spewing.


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