The Issues Of Race, Gender, Class And Homophobia In Physical Education

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In the year 2008, the first black president was elected in the United States, but in the same year, according to the FBI website, there were about 5,600 hate crime offenses classified as crime on race and ethnicity were reported to the police. There were three women justices on the United States Supreme Court for the first time in 2010, but in the same year, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. In 2009, there were more than 750 billionaires, but it was also the highest unemployment rate that has been in thirty years. Young and educated Americans are more accepting for gays and lesbians compared to some years before but there is still a massive amount of people who oppose to same-sex marriage. There are much more federal laws than ever before to protect a person with disabilities from discrimination in employment, but almost 26,000 employment discrimination claims were filed according to United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2013 by people with disabilities.
It was one gloomy afternoon that my friend and I were on the phone talking about how our day was going. I complained to her how finals week is almost here and how there is so much to do with so little time. She, on the other hand, had an interesting story to tell that day and thought it connected well with my group assigned subject. She said it was a hot sunny day to be running a mile for a fitness examination. They were to run four two hundred meters to equal a mile. While she was running, the coach constantly yelled and accused her of cheating to complete the mile. She also said that the coach did not yell at the girls who just kept walking to complete the mile. I, then, asked her if the coach was white and if the girls that were walking were white - they were. She, then, told me that she always picks more colored students than she does with white students. When I heard her story, I realized that racism still exist even if the person is "well educated".
My group was assigned to do racism in sports. Some of the research and videos we found on YouTube shocked me. Like how some of the commentators are being racist without trying to be one and how in sports, specifically soccer, they have harsh chants to colored players, calling them monkeys and other names. According to McCarthy and Jones, applying a positive comment, such as saying Black athlete is athletically gifted, is basically saying "the negative stereotype of lazy black athlete in that he or she does not have to work hard to obtain athletic excellence" (p. 186). With sports fans calling sports players racist names, I believe that even though they are from another country (racist chants in Europe), there should never be an excuse to be racist against someone who are different from them.
It was on a Thursday that my class had to wear "gym" clothes for class because we were supposed to do an activity with Group 4 (ability/disability)....

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