Phelps in Hot Water

Jason Whitlock, writer for the Kansas City Star and, is the columnist whose name I could not remember during our class discussion on race and sports. Whitlock offered here an analysis of the Phelps incident and racial double-standards in the sports world (or the lack thereof in this instance), something that came up during last Thursday’s conversation. For Whitlock,  fan and sporting press reactions to such incidents for have more to do with an athlete’s public image than the color of his/her skin. Other interesting pieces by Whitlock include this article on black coaches in college football, and this article on the NBA’s player dress code.

One thought on “Phelps in Hot Water

  1. Looking back, this article is such a good comparison to our discussions of Jack Johnson. Clearly, the argument of “not-if-so-and-so-was-black” was applicable then, as we saw all of the injustices Johnson faced. Are things the same now, though, or are is America finally starting to move past the color line? I think the more important thing to think about, in this piece at least, is society’s view on drugs. A slap on the wrist, a public apology, and incidents such as Phelps’ become little more than something we blog about. Now, if you contrast Phelps, a college-aged kid at a party smoking a bong, to several other athletes using performance enhancing drugs or, say, abusing animals to make some money, the issue is not race, but the severity of the act.

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