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African-Americans have been regarded as the lower caste in society by their white counterparts since they were brought to America via slave ships African-Americans have been also been ostracized and socially persecuted by their white counterparts in the past Jim Crow Laws and even today However African-Americans are socially acceptable by society for their athletic prowess and achievements in the arena of sports How can this be Our class has been discussing this theme all semester This is an example of the relationship between race sports and society Sports allows individuals regarded as lesser individuals to enter spaces previously occupied by people regarded as the upper echelon of society This will be the theme of this paper It will examine why race matters when it comes to understanding sports in particular and society in general In addition it will examine the world through the prism of raceHow did sports originate Sports was a way in which individuals could relax and get away from the daily grinds of life in the late 19th and early 20th century The most popular sports were baseball and boxing These sports allowed blue-collar workers to socialize and have a good time As mentioned in the above paragraph baseball and boxing were the two most popular sports during this era These were sociable events which were limited to Whites Society did not want to allow any African-Americans enter into the sports arena because it would give African-Americans a window of opportunity to enter in to other spaces and Whites did not want this to happen Lets examine these two particular sportsBaseball regarded as Americas favorite past time has been one of the most influential sports in understanding the relationship between race sports and society It is the sport that brings everyone together and makes you feel like you are part of the game However this game would never be the same after October of 1945 The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson
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