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Websters dictionary defines discrimination as a social economical political or legal distinction made between individuals or groups such that one has the power to treat the other unfavorably Discrimination can also be defined as the act or policy of treating someone differently setting them apart or denying them rights because they are different from the majority Discrimination may be based on the grounds of one or more of the differences of nationality religion politics culture class sex age and colour Discrimination of colour is known as racism Discrimination and racism are present in all societies worldwide Discrimination exists in different capabilities such as school work and in the home Much of the hate is expressed through the media as well In sports discrimination against those of colour homosexuals and women will always be an ever-lasting presence Sports have always been an arena for criticism hatred and discrimination of certain groups or individuals In actuality racism and other forms of discrimination within the microcosm of sport will forever be a reality The fight against racism goes back into the years past slavery During that time it was mainly white people versus black people Today in this multicultural society there are many minority groups feeling the squeeze of being born non-white Along with the racism come the stereotypes For example the notion that black athletes are the most talented at basketball because they can all jump very high or that males are better then females in sports and the assumption that females in sports are not feminine It is wrong to make such generalizations However there is a little that can be done to change this frame of mind symbolic of society as a whole The argument that black people are the best basketball players is very strong for many reasons The first argument being that almost 80 of the athletes in the National Basketball Association are of African-American descent Arguably the greatest player
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