But let’s come back to the fact that there are a dwindling number of African American baseball players in the
Will there come a day when African Americans are simply Americans? Does highlighting the dwindling number of one race in a sport help people of that race better integrate into society as a whole? Inequality still exists in our society, but will continually pointing out that fact do much more than anger all races into further segregation?
Just a few shorts months ago, two African American NFL coaches competed in the Super Bowl, a fact that got more press coverage than the game itself (a fact that was admittedly more interesting that the game itself, but that’s beside the point). It was intended to be a positive sign that African Americans had made incredible strides in the ranks of football coaches, but does highlighting the fact that they are black help put them on an equal playing field with their white colleagues? Or does it cause further divide and resentment?
According to one professional athlete, African Americans in the
I understand that by accentuating the successes of African Americans we are celebrating our differences and acknowledging the contributions of all races to our diverse culture. My concern is that by continually focusing on our differences, we are putting forth a temporary solution to a long-term problem. Simply ignoring our differences is no solution, but at some point continually pointing them out must become counterproductive. I argue that discussing our differences in a positive light can be constructive; for the beauty of the