Is there still bias in today’s sports reporting? Led by 19 News’ Harry Boomer, The Next 400 Digital Roundtable is joined by former Cleveland Browns star Josh Cribbs; and Multi-media sports reporter and filmmaker, Branson Wright, to discuss the treatment of black athletes in today’s media.
Quarterblack: Shattering the NFL Myth by Doug Williams
The autobiography of Doug Williams shows why he has been called a modern-day folk hero. With one fell swoop, Doug Williams, the Jackie Robinson of quarterbacks, shattered the myth that a black quarterback could not rise to the pinnacle of football.
Different Strokes: Serena, Venus, and the Unfinished Black Tennis Revolution by Cecil Harris
Different Strokes chronicles the rise of the Williams sisters, as well as other champions of color, closely examining how Black Americans are collectively faring in tennis, on the court and off. Despite the success of the Williams sisters and the election of former pro player Katrina Adams as the U.S. Tennis Association’s first Black president, top Black players still receive racist messages via social media and sometimes in public. The reality is that while significant progress has been made in the sport, much work remains before anything resembling equality is achieved.
Raise a Fist, Take a Knee: Race and the Illusion of Progress in Modern Sports by John Feinstein
Based on dozens of shocking interviews with some of the most influential names in sports, this is the urgent and revelatory examination of racial inequality in professional athletics America has been waiting for. Commentators, coaches, and fans alike have long touted the diverse rosters of leagues like the NFL and MLB as sterling examples of a post-racial America.