Homework Question on Media and Cultures
- Sports – including professional sports leagues like the NFL or the NHL – are not just a form of entertainment or a vehicle for athletic performance. They are also fundamentally cultural and economic institutions that can be understood to demonstrate key practices or tendencies in the larger culture in which we live.
- In your paper, choose a recent phenomenon in sport – for instance, the role of labour practices and questions of race in the NFL – and examine this phenomenon in relation to social, cultural and economic changes happening in society as a whole.
Homework Answer on Media and Cultures
Introduction and Thesis Statement
Sports, including professional sports leagues, such as the National Football League (NFL) or the National Hockey League (NHL), are not just a form of entertainment or a vehicle for athletic performance. They are also fundamentally cultural and economic institutions that can be understood to demonstrate key practices or tendencies in the larger culture in which individuals live. This paper studies the history of racist acts in NFL to determine the degree of social and cultural change that has taken place in the society.
White supremacy is a subject that has surrounded NFL as long as one could remember from the time of Jackie Robinson in 1947 to more current cases in 1990s and 2000s. Jackie Robinson was “the only man ever to have his jersey number, 42, retired by every Major League team”(Shmoop Editorial Team, n.d). With time, specifically until 2007, many black players have been integrated in the teams, including Jeff Blake, Steve McNair, Kordell Stewart, and Donovan McNabb (Shmoop Editorial Team, n.d).
Due to the competence that the Black-Americans have displayed in playing the position of quarterback in football over the years, they have become more prevalent in most teams in the NFL to the extent that they are defended whenever racially abused. This is evident in the recent case of Incognito Richie and Martin Jonathan, who are both players of Dolphins (Mihoces, 2013). Incognito was suspended amidst accusations of bullying or using a racial language against Martins. To this extent, NFL has proposed a rule that would ban the use of racist language (Raper, 2014; Branch, 2013).