Do you think that race is an important factor in sports performance?

Total votes: 309

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it dosn't matter the race as long as you can play the sport

posted on Sun, 01/28/2007 - 5:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think what color you does not matter

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 5:07pm
trenity's's picture
trenity's says:

i think it doesn't matter wat color u r becausse u can be or do watever u want to be if u put you'r mind into you'r work it dosen't matter wai color u r because were all equal

posted on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 12:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well i agree with the person befor but it isnt fair that people judgepeople by the color they r

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 10:45am
cici's picture
cici says:

i agree

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 10:46am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

your right

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 10:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree with yu

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:14am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont really care

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:22am
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meghan ann maze says:

i think that you are right about that it does not matter what color you are. black,white,asian,ect. we still are the same people it doesn't matter what your skin type is or your hair color or anything like that. it doesn't matter about the person on the outside it matters about the person on the inside. i have friends of a differnt color and they're the best thing that has ever happend to me. it just doensn't matter.

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 4:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is true and it isnt fair that people judge u on what color u r when they acually dont even know u

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 10:44am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

race doesn't matter if your talented at what you do

posted on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 4:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If they are good, it doesn't matter what color they are. People shouldn't blame how they play the sport though, on their race.

posted on Fri, 02/09/2007 - 8:17pm
Natsuki's picture
Natsuki says:

That is so true. you shouldn't blame something on their race just because they're good

posted on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 1:25pm
shayla's picture
shayla says:

i agree with you

posted on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 1:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I say I don't know

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 4:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you are right

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 5:51pm
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Denver Martin says:

if race doesn't matter why was jim thorp (native american) known as the greatest athlete of all time? Jordan? black. Kobe? black. Lebron james? black... not racist just saying evidence does point to race having something to do with athletisism

posted on Wed, 03/07/2007 - 11:49am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Babe Ruth? White. Nolan Ryan? White. Johnny Unitas? White. Brent Favre? White. Larry Bird? White. Wayne Gretzky? White. Arnold Palmer? White.

Go to the Hall of Fame of any major sport, and you'll find superstars of many different races. If a particular race dominates a sport today, or dominated it in the past, it often has more to do with cultural and social factors than physical prowess.

posted on Wed, 03/07/2007 - 12:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that you are right, skin color is not always a determining factor for how good you are at a sport, it has more to do with the culture in which you are raised than the color of your skin.

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 3:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

if most african americans are playing sports, does this mean that they're not as intelligent b/c all they do is play sports? does this mean that other races must compensate in other areas of life or professions? does this mean that african american children think or feel that they don't need an education b/c they can grow up to play sports and live off of that money? what message is this sending???

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 5:12pm
Haley's picture
Haley says:

i think that racism is so stupid it dosent matter to me we shoulden't exclude people because they look different.

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 6:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No. looking at 5 people is not evidenace. How do you decide who is best and what about back in history as well, what about other sports. Blackness does not make you good-it is a combination of things independant of skin color. It is seen in the efforts of individuals not across groups. What you believe in and access to what one needs to succede makes a big difference as well.

posted on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 4:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It does not matter because it's about performances and not about color.

posted on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 8:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

As a sixth grade basketball player, I was sitting in the stands at a game with my coach waiting to play the following game. We were watching the players on the other teams warming up and my coach commented on the different styles of warm-ups going on between the different teams. One team, predominantly African American, was engaged in layup drills and attempts at dunking; while the other team, predominantly anglo-saxon, was engaged in three point shooting. What this said, to my coach anyway, was that common perceptions about jumping and running as a correlate of race were completely off. It seemed to be completely a social construct, if your whit you practice shooting and if not you practice dunking. I thought this was interesting.

posted on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 12:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think race is not inportant because we are all the same on the inside no matter what we look like on the outside.

posted on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 3:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree that race shouldn't matter as long as you can still play the sport and play like a team

posted on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 11:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that every one is created equel

posted on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 2:49pm
Cossette's picture
Cossette says:

I think people are good the way they are

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 1:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Overall, I think that athletes are generally the people who have the genetic makeup to allow them to excel in sports. Considering that, genetically, humans are more alike than they are different, I would think that this doesn't have as much to do with race as it does the natural abilities of different humans, and our overwhelming societal focus on athletics and sport. If science fairs were what we watched on TV every weekend, would we even ask this question?

posted on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 7:30pm
michelle's picture
michelle says:

you are right

posted on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 11:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think not! it also is important 2 have fun!!!

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 10:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it dosent matter but dont let the fear of striking out keep u from playing the game

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 12:40pm
cici's picture
cici says:

hi,
im cici and i play lots of sports but i dont let the fear of striking out keep me from playing the game!!!!

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 12:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It has been scientifically proven that african americans have faster twitch muslces in their lower body. Hence, making them able to run faster and jump higher nautrally. Caucasians have slower twitch muscles, which are made better for longer distances when dealing with cardiovascular strength. Example. Have you ever notice during the Olympics, during the sprint races, most if not all of the competitors are black? And, in the distance events, most if not all of the competitors are white? Its how we're made. Now, this doesn't mean a white person cannot be faster than a black person or not be able to jump higher. I ran track in high school and did the 400 and was faster than many of the black runners. It just required a little more training and hard work. Also, take swimming. Black people have a higher bone density than white people. So..... They sink. This is why you hear of black people not being able to swim. They sink easier. However, that does not mean black cannot swim. Many do. It just takes more work. How many black swimmers do you see in the Olympics?

posted on Mon, 12/03/2007 - 2:33am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Interesting points.
I've personally noticed that almost everyone who owns and can fly their own airplane is wealthy. Why could that be?

I've come up with a theory that explains it: rich people are naturally better at flying. Their bones are less dense, they have better hand-eye coordination, and they seem to be able to intuit approaching weather systems. Does this mean that a lower or middle income person can't fly? No, but they have to try harder. Heck, if you just dropped me in a pilot's seat, I'd crash right away!

Do I have any scientific research to back up these claims? No. But it's obvious, isn't it? How many middle class people do you see flying their own planes? Almost none. And look at movie stars - they have lots of money, and they can't stop flying around.

posted on Mon, 12/03/2007 - 1:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No. it has not been "proven" in science. Good science will show that you are wrong. Any pysical characteristics is not because of skin color. Nothing is tied to our skin color. Race effects athetics only when we believe it does.

posted on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 4:39pm
Science Guy's picture
Science Guy says:

No. Looking at all of the white, black, and tan successful athleats I can certenly tell that no matter what your race, you can be a successful athleat. Now, back when people 'of color' were not treated as well as whites, I would have to say that it would be a lot harder to be an athleat.

posted on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 7:04pm
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teodor rakic says:

thats nonsense. it does matter. if you search an explanation to my answer do some research. I m not rascist but youre explantion is just not to be rascist. and thats bad if you really want to see the fact, youll realize that it matters. so we all have to see the fact even our hearts say no.

posted on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 12:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i agree. you shouldnt be a certain color just to play the sport that you love.
just go with what you love and not what people think of you. if you dont believe in yourself then you might not want to try out but if you do believe in youslef and you think you can make an efforrt then go for it.

posted on Sat, 04/12/2008 - 4:41pm
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josep jaakzi says:

jj Sometimes race does matter because genetically you may be built for that particular activity.also maybe your culture promotes and practices that activity more than others and therefore you are better than other races.

posted on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 6:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it does matter the melanin theory is a theory of superiority in athleticism. since it is pseudoscience it cant be proven BUT it can disprove any of the other theories (hence theories not laws) this isn't racism its a scientific theory

posted on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 2:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No it doesn't because everybody has a different body and certain people have certain abilities

posted on Sun, 01/28/2007 - 6:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

do you think race matters

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 5:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes but we are all the same

posted on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 1:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

lol... ive noticed that....well, im not trying to be racist or anything.... but, it kinda looks like there are more black people that are realy good at like basketball.... really think of 5 super famous basketball players.... i think of somehting like coby bryant, shaq, kevin garnett.... and all of those people are black.... just think about that.... but otherwise, ya i dont think it really matters....

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 1:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it doesnt matter
and it shouldnt
because the color of your skin
doesn't determine whether u r good
in a sport or not because the skills yu've doesn't come from
ur race. naty

posted on Fri, 02/02/2007 - 1:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you are right

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 5:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you are soooooo right

posted on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 2:19pm
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Anonymousk;' says:

i think people need to stop talking about sports and start bringing up issues of poverty and women's rights...thank you, not men..

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 2:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes, Yes, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 1:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Are you kidding me??

posted on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 2:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Look at Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, or the MN Gopher Hockey team. Can you name the non-white player(s)? When given equal chance to prove themselves and improve themselves and train themselves, any body can play a sport. What I believe is more determinate of sport or position for that sport is the actual size and strength of a person's body, tall or short.

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 3:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there is no difference in anyone no matter what they look like

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 4:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it shouldnt matter what race you are to play a certain sport

posted on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 12:40pm
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tina bennett says:

If your black you are expected to be good at basketball right? If your white, you should be able to play football good right? And if your italian or mexican you should be playing soccer.

but that isnt ll true, more black people play football that i know and more american (white) people play soccer.

posted on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 12:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think race is important to how people play sports. I think this because there are many people that are different races that play in the same team and play just as well as the next person

posted on Fri, 02/09/2007 - 8:21pm
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Eugene Schegolkov says:

I don't know why some people are so racist. I don't know why people are so rude to each other either.

posted on Sat, 02/10/2007 - 1:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

because it dosent matter we all the same person

posted on Sat, 02/10/2007 - 3:14pm
JHS Kid's picture
JHS Kid says:

its not about race, its about how dedicated u r to the game

posted on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 11:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think it is about race actually.

posted on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 12:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

NO!! IT IS NOT!! Race doesn't matter

posted on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 1:28pm
angelique's picture
angelique says:

yes races does matter to me

posted on Mon, 03/26/2007 - 10:05am
angela's picture
angela says:

i think that rasisum is a HUGE problum and it totaly needs to stop everyone should be equil so you are write andd so am I and i am white by the way!

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 6:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no race does not mtter

posted on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 2:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it dont matter as long as you got skill because a sport or a game is for fun and it doesnt have to get that deep to involve somebody's race. u feel me?

posted on Wed, 02/14/2007 - 11:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think race does not matter because the color of your skin is not what makes you good at a sport or any other activity.

posted on Wed, 02/14/2007 - 12:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that race is unimportant in sports. The color of your skin shouldn't make a difference, you should play sport because you want to.

posted on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 11:24am
Jabri + Zach's picture
Jabri + Zach says:

It doesnt matter about the race it matters if you are good and u have to practice on what u do and a sport u do

posted on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 12:47pm
Jabri's picture
Jabri says:

it doesnt matter about the race it matters if yyou are good

posted on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 12:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

african americans are born with talent/attributes

posted on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 12:56pm
Reyna's picture
Reyna says:

It does not matter because every body goes at a different pace &&some people are better at things then others!!

posted on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 1:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It dosen,t matter what race you are, just if you love to play the sport.

posted on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 1:33pm
student at ahs's picture
student at ahs says:

why yes. everyone is born with their own talent. they are good at things, when they are really dedicated to it.

posted on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 1:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Because of the related social and economic advantages and disadvantages related to race.

posted on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 7:19pm
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Somebody named brandon says:

i dont belive that your skin color tells anything about how you play, but study's show, that african amarican have a extra musule so they can play better, but not in a bad way

posted on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 12:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

race should not matter if you work hard to be good at your sport

posted on Sat, 02/17/2007 - 3:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Race is a factor in how good someone is at sports but dedication and working hard and practicing because someone loves the game are all bigger factors then race.

posted on Sat, 02/17/2007 - 4:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I voted that race does not matter in sports because believing that it is important in sports just adds to the conjecture about our culture. Success in sports is not inherent in one particular race. Instead it is inherent in all the races, it is just up to the individual and whether or not the individual is persistent in sports. Basically, I believe that bringing the race factor into sports is just driving the American Culture farther and farther away from achieving complete integration. I am not saying that we will get to complete integration someday, but I think that we should be striving for it.

posted on Sat, 02/17/2007 - 5:22pm
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XphaetonvX says:

oh my god, peoples, race plays absolutely no part in sports unless you're a coach who is extremely racist! It depends on the time and effort you put into your work, the dedication you have toward your sport, the blood , tears and sweat you put into the game. do not let the haters put you down. spread the hope!!!

posted on Sat, 02/17/2007 - 8:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that different cultures are brought-up differently, and this causes a sort of "encapsulation" in certain interests, some of which are sports activities.

posted on Sun, 02/18/2007 - 2:00pm
Kaitlyn's picture
Kaitlyn says:

This is tottally true. Raciest people should probably not coach because they would tottally discriminate people. Discrimination diffently effects black and white people. So if you are saying white people are better at sports you are way wrong because there are a lot of great black sports people!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 02/18/2007 - 3:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Not True!

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:34am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I do belive that it gives some a genitic advantage i.e. things like larger nostrels with which they can breath more air or larger pores to sweat more and keep there bodies cooler so they can play longer without over heating there are many more examples that I could give but don't have the time and please dont think that if you say that it does that you are a racist we all have evolved to have advantages that are conducive to our surroundings. thanks from your avrage man

posted on Sun, 02/18/2007 - 3:43pm
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Markgot1337'd says:

I tottally agree with Phaeton. I cannot say it better than him. Total props.

posted on Sun, 02/18/2007 - 4:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Just because you're skin is a certain color doesn't predispose you to throw a ball better than the guy next to you on the bus

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 12:47pm
NEWBORNBABY's picture
NEWBORNBABY says:

Sport is about sportsmanship and competition, and most important, exercise. It doesn't matter as long as you have good sportsmanship.

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 2:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that race has a lot to do with sports performance...because some races have diferent characteristics...for instance...

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 2:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you're wrong it doesn't matter your race

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 12:37pm
raenisha's picture
raenisha says:

no it shouldnt be

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 2:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

race does not matter

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 4:09pm
Becky's picture
Becky says:

Of coarse not!!!!! It shouldn't matter what race you are. All that matters is how good you are at the sport. Nothing else should matter. And if anyone else thinks it does well then I don't like them!

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 5:16pm
Jenn C.'s picture
Jenn C. says:

Absolutely NOT!!! That is a stereotype that has been carried on from generation to generation and only the continued education of young people can change this view in the future!

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 5:16pm
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Nicole Wadtke says:

I dont think that it should matter about your race as long as you are good at the sport, if you can play why not go for it. Coaches should not turn you away either, that would be mean and rude. DON'T BE RACIST!!!!! Let others in too!!!

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 5:18pm
genanater's picture
genanater says:

I so agree with you. Race shouldn't control what you do for fun. If coaches turn you down tell someone because you and I and all of us can change the world.

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 5:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

brothers jump higher

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 5:44pm
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jasper duberry says:

i do believe that race does matter in certain sports. in some sports color has a huge effect to for instance picking teams. like in basketball most people pick black people. in hockey they pick the white kid. in soccer they pick the mexican guy. examples like this prove that race has a huge effect in sports

posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 6:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am not sure but it seems that most popular sports are now being dominated by people of color.

posted on Tue, 02/20/2007 - 2:03pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Well, I thought this seemed to be the case as well. However, real data tells us otherwise. To find out more I checked out some studies published by the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northwestern University.

In 2001 they found that only the Men and Women's basketball leagues (WNBA and NBA) have equitable representation of people based on their stated race. Read the article : Study finds opportunities limited in professional, Olympic and college sports.

Hockey is the fourth largest sport in the United States and is quite obviously not dominated by people of color. I think the real racial numbers differences that you see in various sports are more likely the result of cultural forces than some sort of biological predisposition.

posted on Tue, 02/20/2007 - 2:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's not about what you are on the outside...it's about who you are on the inside.

posted on Wed, 02/21/2007 - 1:29pm
KaYlA and NeRiSsA's picture
KaYlA and NeRiSsA says:

it don't matter what color you are
as long as you have a passion for something and a goal to help you achieve it you can do anything

posted on Wed, 02/21/2007 - 2:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i have been athletic since i was very young and i am a ranked 400m runner in track but when i go to meets people look at me like a white preppy pretty girl and that i cant run so they automatically eliminate me as competition but when they are looking at my butt the whole that is when it is worth it.

posted on Wed, 02/21/2007 - 3:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

because peoples reaction times have been shown to differ based on their race

posted on Thu, 02/22/2007 - 6:10pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Well, it does look like there is some evidence to show that this is true but I have also been told that the whole picture on this story is more complex than it appears.

A 1991 study by Richard Lynn seems to show a correlation between different socially defined racial groups and reaction times.

However, I don't think this shows the whole picture. It seems to me that many other factors could be contributing to the correlation here and that race may not be the primary cause. But, I am far from an expert in this complex area. I have asked our Scientist on the Spot, Dr. Joseph L. Graves Jr. to give us his perspective from an evolutionary biology standpoint.

posted on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 11:27am
Joseph L. Graves Jr.'s picture

Dear all,

Reaction time

The reaction time studies have been a mainstay in psychometry (testing of intelligence.) Richard Lynn is one of the leading pyschometricians and he adheres to the theory that races exist and that they differ in genetically determined intelligence. Unfortunately, these studies have never been done in a systematic way. What that means is that they have never been conducted on representative samples of the world’s population. Neither have they ever been done in ways that would allow anyone to determine if the reaction time differences that are being measured result from genetic differences or from environmental impacts. All complicated traits, such as intelligence, behavior, or athletic performance are influenced by multiple genes. Therefore they are controlled by the following inputs:

Genetic (genes vary by person)
Environmental (environments vary by person)
Gene x Environment interaction (a person’s genes will be expressed differently in different environments)
Covariance of Genes and Environment (groups may consistently exist in environments that are different).
Error (how well did you measure the trait in question)

Before any genetic claim can be substantiated for a trait, the environmental, gene x environment, covariance, and error terms must be controlled for. In quantitative genetics, we experimentally control these terms by raising the organisms involved in at least two common generations (environments controlled and the same). In this way, any result we see can be presumed to result from genetic differences. Given this experimental requirement, this has never happened for any human quantitative trait. Certainly this has never happened with regard to the human reaction time studies. So, any result they might have achieved can make no claim concerning genetic causation.

I discuss this problem in detail in The Race Myth, in chapters 6 (sports) and 7 (intelligence).

posted on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 3:13pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Here is some more information on Dr. Graves' book.

posted on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 3:24pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Just to provide a contrast I thought I would quote from this 1987 article from the scientific journal Intelligence. The abstract to the article, Reaction time, race, and racism reads:

The claim (Jensen, 1975) that blacks are slower than whites in choice (but not simple) reaction time is examined. It is false. The claim (Jensen, 1985) that Muhammad Ali was shown to have a "very average" reaction time is examined. It is false. The claim (Vernon & Jensen, 1984) that an unpublished technical report showed blacks to be inferior to whites on a relatively content-free mental processing task is examined. It is false. Suggestions are made concerning relevant questions that might be addressed by students of race differences in intelligence.

posted on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 11:33am
MB's picture
MB says:

I don't think that race is a factor in sport skills. People have noticed that many African American sport players are very common in national sports, but I think that is just a coincidence. All that matters in sports is if you are willing and determined enough to practice and practice so you get good at that certain sport.

posted on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 3:48pm
shrika's picture
shrika says:

well um accually i heard that some races have extra tendents in there legs that help with juming, dancing and some other skills

posted on Sat, 02/24/2007 - 2:35pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

The Understanding Race website addresses this in its sports quiz. Unfortunately, they do not seem to draw a firm conclusion.

They report that there are two types of muscle fiber: fast-twitch and slow-twitch. And they say "most sprinters possess a greater percentage of fast-twitch muscles, and most of the elite sprinters are of West African descent."

However, they are careful to note that this only applies to world-class runners; it says very little about people in general. Also, since there are great black marathon runners (with lots of slow-twitch muscles) as well as great black sprinters, it would seem that different individuals within a race have different proportions of these fibers.

posted on Wed, 03/07/2007 - 12:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that isn't true at all

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 11:39am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

The information comes from the Understanding Race website. The exhibit and the website were carefully researched and reviewed by experts in the field. Of course, the possibility exists that I may have summarized it poorly. If you have information -- or, better yet, a citation -- that says something different, please share. It would be very interesting to read.

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 11:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes, because green people are better than blue people

posted on Sat, 02/24/2007 - 2:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think it matters because as long as they play and have fun thats all that matters.

posted on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 6:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that we are one and whole and caring about other then we do more!

posted on Wed, 02/28/2007 - 2:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It matters as far as your exposure is concerned. African-American's are most often exposed to basketball and football and by far the most dominant in their predominant culture and socioeconomic class which explains why they are more prevalent in the NBA and NFL. Whites on the other hand are often more exposed to a variety of sports and sometimes basketball and football do not dominate their interaction in sports; thus they are more prevalent in other sports. Hockey is a great exampl, for this state and as a whole. When was the last time you saw a black man or woman for that matter shooting a puck across the ice?

posted on Thu, 03/01/2007 - 11:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what is race? can you postulate a question regarding athletic ability based on a superficial epidermal trait? i say no. it is totally irrelevant and ambiguous. wurd.

posted on Fri, 03/02/2007 - 6:30pm
Jesus's picture
Jesus says:

'hockey is a great example, for this state and as a whole when was the last time you saw a black man or woman for that matter shooting a puck across the ice?"
jesus thinks this is a trivial example.

posted on Fri, 03/02/2007 - 6:33pm
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Shanaynay says:

I beileve that to many people think that black guys are good at foot ball and the asian kids are good at soccer that white kids are good at hockey... It all is sterotypes that no one likes to be catogorized in. I believe that you are good at sport becuase you have practiced or that you just simply have the reaction time to play such sports. Race has nothing to do with it. That is simple.

posted on Sat, 03/03/2007 - 4:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

so true like you see most people like that becous alout of black people are good at foot ball ect. ect. ect. but most people just want to follow the norm of liking that sport and if avery body dose that every thing will alwase be the same.

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 1:18pm
Ben Reed's picture
Ben Reed says:

We are all born as a "Body Without Organs". Our potential is infinite. Society, culture and socail conditions defines our possiblities, and our experiences narrow and / or expand them from there on out. Change and define your own experiences will give you control over your own potential. That extends to everything, not just athletics.

posted on Sat, 03/03/2007 - 4:43pm
Lenny's picture
Lenny says:

Although people are currently arguing against the concept of "race rules sports," which is part of what this exhibit is about, sometimes what people treat you of as your race, as in Europeans, or more specifically, an English man, gives your country and "race" a certain lifestyle that increases or decreases your ability to preform. For example, an African man who hunted for his tribe, was strong, then was sent to the sugar plantations to work for years and develop a strong back might have been a better linebacker in that time than a "white" man who sat around all day bossing that other man around and eating nothing but pork and chicken.

posted on Sat, 03/03/2007 - 6:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there are very few white running backs in football

posted on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 3:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I heard that some races have different number of musles in their legs

posted on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 12:51pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

See my response to Shrika (above) on fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fiber.

posted on Wed, 03/07/2007 - 12:47pm
Tak963's picture
Tak963 says:

It only matters not by genes or race, but the history of how much they trained and/or where they trained

posted on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 2:22pm
Coach Melis's picture
Coach Melis says:

Who cares what race you are when it comes to sports. As long as you can compete at the level you are signing up to compete at, that is all that matters. If I really took race into consideration and started to segregate, I wouldnt have a team of great athletes like I do.

posted on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 12:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont think that race matters its not the color its the talent!

posted on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 7:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

statistics are statistics and they get that way for a reason

posted on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 8:34pm
Sarah's picture
Sarah says:

I think that race is not important. People should not judge your outward apperance but rather your inward aperance and if you have GOD IN YOUR HEART! Always think of yourself good.

posted on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 9:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i really don't know because everybody is different and you could be the same race but are not the same atheltic ability

posted on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 10:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think it's about skill not color. Example all color people can't play basketball.

posted on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 11:27am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

race should'nt matter when you are in sports. we should'nt hate ourselves because of who we are. No we should embrace it and love the skin we're in. But do we really care that much about color or race? It only matters on the skill you have in the sport.

posted on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 2:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We're all the same and we all came from the same place, so i'm not sure why your race would matter. If you play well, then that's all that matters

posted on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 3:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

There are two parts to my answer. Race is important in sports primarily because our social structure has created pathways in which people are segregated based on race. Socially certain sports predominate and are the preferance of varying ethnicities {African American, Basketball, football,etc.} These sports have been divided and have markets in which racial identity is used to promote, support and reinforce these multi-billion dollar conglamorates. Thus we train, educate and support youth to pursue these avenues.

From a genetic standpoint, there are small but significant differences at an elite level. However, I believe that threw training, people of all races can compensate for those genetic differences

posted on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 4:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think race should matter because we are all different on the inside so why should it matter what is on the outsidei

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 4:18pm
Sarah's picture
Sarah says:

I don't know why race is such an important thing, and why people of race are treated differently than white people. It's not fair, it's cruel, and it's illegal. So, why do people do it?
Plus, it doesn't really matter what "color" we are because it's what's inside that counts. At least, that's what Jesus looks at. He doesn't really care what you look like on the outside, it's your heart-and where it's at-that matters to Him.

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 7:54pm
T.J.'s picture
T.J. says:

it don't matter what color u r as long as u put u r mind 2 it

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 10:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it doesn't matter what race you are.you are like everyone else!!!!!

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 11:31am
mera & allie's picture
mera & allie says:

because its not about the color of your skin, its about your atheltic ability....

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 12:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No matter what race you are, if you try your best you will succeed.

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 3:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

All that matters is how much you love the game!

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 4:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Race shouldnt matter for anything...we are all here and should be able to live with each other no matter what color or race you are...people shouldnt judge people on their race..

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 5:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont know but dose race really matter
if sports is a big deal you shouldint worry
bout your race & just have fun

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 6:29pm
Angeline's picture
Angeline says:

I think its good to have many races playing a sport, or on a team. It creates equal opportunities for everyone.

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think it should matter what race you are. if you practice enough then you can be better then any one else

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 11:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i totlly think that you can be good as loing as you try. some people stink at a sport, not because of their race, but because they don't practice

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 12:00pm
allison's picture
allison says:

I think its wrong to be against raceis i have a lot of friends that black im not a aganits racis and its mean to be mean to black people

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 1:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It doesn't matter what race you are. If you practice, you get better, thats the end of it. My best friend is african american, and she kicks my butt at almost every type of sport that i've ever tried, but i am getting a lot better and i finally beat her in basketball for the first time in 8 years!!

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 2:25pm
Ari Connaway's picture
Ari Connaway says:

It doesn't matter what race you are. I'm white and my best friend is black, but she can kick my butt in almost every sport there ever was. After 8 years of knowing her, i just now have beaten her in b-ball, but Justin, white, can kick both our butts combined in almost every sport. As long as you practice, you'll get better, it has absolutely nothing to do with race. Or gender for that matter, thank you very little.

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 2:30pm
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non-racist magician says:

race can mean the difference in that extra yard or basket, but hard work, determination and work ethic play a bigger role. but usually african americans can run faster so they are well suited for certain positions.

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 7:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Race does not matter when it comes to sports. The color of one's skin has no reflection on his or her athletic ability, but is only due to pigmentation.

posted on Wed, 03/21/2007 - 5:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I dont think it matters what your race is as long as you can and get along with some one who is not the same race as you.

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 10:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Practice, discipline, and dedication plus innate ability are the keys to success in sports. These attributes are not parceled out by race.

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 5:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

White boys can jump 2

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 7:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

because race is made up and doesn't really exist

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 7:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that even though it shouldn't matter, it does.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 10:34am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You should not be judge cause your race but at your skill.

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 2:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it is more of a cultural or geographical thing than a racial thing. For example, if you live in a cold area with a lot of ice, you might enjoy and be better at hockey than someone in a warmer climate

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 3:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I doesn't matter the race as long as they can play.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 10:32am
anonymous's picture
anonymous says:

It doesn't matter what color you are. We are all created equal in God's sight.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 1:25pm
Anonymous Creationist's picture
Anonymous Creationist says:

There is no such thing as races! We're all people. We were created the same and we should all be treated the same. And if you think that America isn't racist anymore then you're wrong! Look at how they treat illegal immigrants!!!!

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 1:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think color does matter in sports especially in basketball

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 2:23pm
Claire's picture
Claire says:

I think that race doesn't have a real meaning that is just the color of your skin and the place you were born.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 4:50pm
Lillian's picture
Lillian says:

I think race doesn't matter in sports because who cares what color your skin is. It's not like it affects how you play and it doesn't give you and advantage or disadvantage over the other players.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 4:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is how much effort and heart that you put forth that counts. It may affect performance but that shouldn't be a big issue!

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 6:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it is not important and should be overlooked and ignored... i don't think anyone should make generalizations like that. race is part of our history and culture, but shouldn't affect how we look at other people and definately shouldn't affect sports performance.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 6:49pm
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asn playa...... says:

no...race has nothing to do with any sports related things..everybody is good at a sport..its just they are not professional at it...

posted on Mon, 03/26/2007 - 9:47am
Eyin Chang's picture
Eyin Chang says:

Let's just have fun together while we still get to live our lives... we should all respect each other no matter who we are... the world is small and we share a history that we don't know together... ^^

<3ECHANG

posted on Mon, 03/26/2007 - 9:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i said that race does not matter because it just depends on if your good at that sport or not, not your race...

posted on Mon, 03/26/2007 - 10:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i strongly agree

posted on Mon, 03/26/2007 - 12:46pm
My Name Is Anonymousf65trftyg79i9p's picture
My Name Is Anonymousf65trftyg79i9p says:

Yeah, you guys are right! I guess.

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 10:01am
me's picture
me says:

I Think depending on your race people expect you to be good at some sports rather than others. For example (I'm not African American, so forgive me if this is wrong) I think African Americans are expected to be good at basketball, and are judged accordingly.

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 10:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If we try hard enough we are all capable of the same things

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 11:38am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The harder we try the more we can accomplish!!!!! And if we fail try again

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 2:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

luck is being prepared for opportunity

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 2:39pm
White's picture
White says:

Because it does not matter if you are black or you are white! All that really matters if you like the sport and you are good at it!
white girl

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 3:48pm
LINZIE's picture
LINZIE says:

I ThINK it doesn't matter because some white people play basketball better than black or chinese. so it doesn't matter really.

ALL PEOPLE HAVE A cHAnCHE TO BE A GREAT BASKETBALL OR ANY SpoRT PLAYER!

posted on Fri, 03/30/2007 - 11:38am
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Chii_Chii199 says:

i dont think it matters at all what "racce" you are, because that is just a steriotype, and steryotypes usually are not true. also, anyone can do whatever they want if they put their mind to it, so that should settle the question.

posted on Fri, 03/30/2007 - 4:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think it matters what race people are for sports or other things. sports should be about having fun and talent not what race you are.

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 1:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It doesn't matter what you look like, what matters is how good you are at the sport.

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 3:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Your attitude has to be good as well. People who are negative and never believe in themselves will never succeed at sports either. People can usually tell if you are going to be a good athlete by looking at you, usually. Athletes have a presence about them and are usually in good shape and have a swagger about them.

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 4:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Race matters for male sports more so than female sports. Black males tend to be more gifted in the physical abilities. They can jump higher, run faster. I am not saying that all black males are athletes but they do tend to have a leg up on the competition. Women it does not seem to matter as much if you look at college and professional teams they are pretty balanced in terms of race, the males on the other hand are not as balanced as they used to be. I think that white males are also intimadated by the black athletes and may not even try to play basketball because it is heavily dominated by the black athlete.

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 4:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Race differences go beyond "color," meaning it's not just how much melanin in your skin. Races evolve on the basis of what is required to most successfully survive in their environments. This would therefore cause some races to be better at certain sports than other races. It doesn't mean one race is particularly better than the others at sports in general. An Asian might be a better gymnist because of a more compact stature, whereas a white or black person might be awkwardly tall for that sport. There are always the exceptions to the rule, but race does have an effect on performance sport by sport. Culture also influences sports and races. If soccer is built into Latin race culture, then blacks or Asians may not perform well because they wouldn't be exposed to the sport.

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 9:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that it doesnt matter at all what your race is to play a sport, because anyone can be good at anything so the race shouldnt even play a part in the sports area

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 10:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

When it really comes down to it, race means nothing. You can say all you want, and modify, and screen what you see, but when you look at it really hard, anyone can excel at any sport, no matter what race.

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 1:48pm
steve kinney's picture
steve kinney says:

i dont think it matters just as long as u do a good job and have a good attatude
=)

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 2:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

black people are way better at sports, sorry guys, except hockey... you can have hockey

posted on Tue, 04/03/2007 - 10:30am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

blacks are better at every sport but hockey

posted on Tue, 04/03/2007 - 4:08pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

If blacks were inherently superior athletes, wouldn't they also excel at hockey? Golf? Gymnastics?

The fact is, there are Asian, European and Latino superstars in pretty much every sport. It isn't about race; it's about individual talent and determination.

If a race dominates a given sport, it is due to social and cultural factors, rather than genetic or biological ones.

posted on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 10:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it doesn't matter!

posted on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 12:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

people of other race have more to go for.

posted on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 1:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think thats not true, because it doesn't matter what color your hair is, or what color you truly are.
as long as you can do what ever you dream, as long has you put your heart, and effort into it.

posted on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 3:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes, a little bit. I think some physical types that are more common in certain racial groups do create certain performance advantages in certain sports, but in all cases the variation in the population is much greater than the difference between the means of the different racial groups, so that in effect such differences are not meaningful at the population level.

posted on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 6:28pm
Jeremiah's picture
Jeremiah says:

as ;ong as you can play the game it doesn't matter

posted on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 7:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no because we all are the same no matter what we look like or if we are a boy or a girl or if we are a different race

posted on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 9:37am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

your race does not, and should not affect your ability to participate or perform in any activity, sports included.

posted on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 5:05pm
DJ Clueless's picture
DJ Clueless says:

Perhaps there is a physiological difference between races that allow certain races to perform better in certain activities. Not sure if this is true, but there is definitely a perception, and often, that may be stronger than an actual difference in physical ability

posted on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 7:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think race is a huge factor in sports because blacks tend to be better at sports like basketball, baseball, or soccer because when they came over to America they worked hard as being slaves for the whites. When the blacks worked, they got stronger and better. While the whites sat on their butts and said they were good enough. Blacks are way better at sports than whites because of the slave trade.

posted on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 8:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Sports ability is based on race due to the "breeding" that produced African-Americans during slavery. Thus the physical prowess of the race still lingers today although the white race is catching up. Also other ethnicities such as asian and latino are beginning to break the mold.

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 12:11pm
mark's picture
mark says:

race dosnt matter at all it all in are heads

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 2:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

All that matters is how much that you practice

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 2:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

blacks are more athletic

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 3:50pm
Dave, some white guy's picture
Dave, some white guy says:

I think genetics affect athletic talent, so if race has no basis in genetics it probably doesn't have any physical effect on athletics. Of course, race is everywhere in society, so it still affects athletes.

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 4:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Who cares???

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 5:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's not important what race/color of skin you are that affects how you play sport but the ability you have.

posted on Sat, 04/07/2007 - 6:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it should not matter at all. Just because you have light or dark skin you can still plat the same way and be just as good.

posted on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 2:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

who cares if you are black or white or purple or what ever as long as you ar good at the game ex:Randy Moss.....

posted on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 3:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

your race does not matter, there arer athletes of all size, color, ethnic groups. as long as what you belive in and act in is what you think is right then it just does not matter, why should it in sports?

posted on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 4:25pm
derek's picture
derek says:

why should it matter, people from all etnic backgrounds are capable of being great atheltes

posted on Mon, 04/09/2007 - 6:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think as much as society would like to think that race doesn't play a role in sports, it does.

because of genetics and history, some races are more prone to certain sports. some sports haven't been diversified yet, so how would an individual get interested in the sport if no one or society hasn't said its alright for he/she to participate and try.

lastly, society ultimately determines what the social norms are. there are a lot of black men who play basketball and football. on the other hand, no very many black gulfers or swimmers.

to say that it doesn't matter is lying to oneself and giving american society a little too much credit.

posted on Wed, 04/11/2007 - 6:04pm
T's picture
T says:

It does not matter what race you are. The only thing that matters is that you have the will to perform.

posted on Thu, 04/12/2007 - 10:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think that it does matter because depending on their living conditions kind of ties up with your condition

posted on Thu, 04/12/2007 - 10:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think that race/color has anything to do with sports. Some cultures focus more on motor coordination than any other area. In the end color/race/culture SHOULD NOT have anything to do with sports it should be purely based on talent, skills, effort, attitude, and heart.

posted on Fri, 04/13/2007 - 5:04pm
Kachar's picture
Kachar says:

I believe it's self motivation and believing in your own abilities doesn't matter what race you are. It's a misconception that only black people are better at basketball and caucasians are better at football. When we look at the stats they are evenly represented.

-kcy

posted on Sat, 04/14/2007 - 10:24am
RJHagman's picture
RJHagman says:

Actually, the more we intermarry and have beautifully hued children, the more diverse the gene pool and the more chances our offspring have to be stronger than their ancestors-- according to Darwin's theory. Give a Darwin Award to those who marry those close to their kin-- they will weaken and eliminate themselves from the gene pool.

posted on Sat, 04/14/2007 - 1:43pm
anonymous's picture
anonymous says:

i think race is not important in sports because it doesn't matter what color jelly bean you take out of the bag. (unless it is one of the harry potter ones)

posted on Sun, 04/15/2007 - 1:39pm
charles's picture
charles says:

i would like to belive doesn't matter in sports but it is hard not to see why it doesn't play a role in sports. My parents are mestizos [a person that is a mix between indian and spanish] from El Salvador and my senior year in high school i was captain of my football team i made all county and played in an all star game at hofstra University and had a good game. I worked for these accomplishments i did a lot of working out running and weight training. But i noticed something i was running back throughout high school and i watched a lot of kids tryout for all the speed positions and most were a lot faster than i was and i knew they didn't workout because i begged them to come training with me and they wouldn't come but i kept starting because thank god i wasn't completely slow i had good vision and delivered a lot of licks. But my senior there were about 10 kids that tried out for the skilled positions that were all freshmen these kids could run and hit they had it all. but they were so young and every year i would see kids like this that had pure physical talent and we would stay in games but we didn't win a lot because they wouldn't listen to me and hit the track and weight room. my school was basically an all black school our football conference was predominently white and all these young black kids had almost as much ability as white high school seniors and myself. truly believe if the kids in my town took their sports more seriously they would definitely fly because of their pure physical ability.

posted on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 12:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It has everything to do with your physical structure and effort put into the sport.

posted on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 2:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It really depends on the sport. If certain cultures that are associated with certain races value a particular sport, then that group will do well in that sport as a whole. However, individuals vary.

posted on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 2:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It doesnt matter

posted on Wed, 04/18/2007 - 1:05pm
ringo star's picture
ringo star says:

i do not think it is inportant

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 12:39pm
unc's picture
unc says:

yes it is iportant because of your genes

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 1:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the color of your skin does not effect you sport ability of how well you play in any sport

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 3:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no it doesn't affect your ability to play sports because its just your skin color and what will affect it is if you practice or not and if you're good at the sport or not. But your skin color doesn't affect it.

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 4:29pm
mary's picture
mary says:

A lot of times, people wont pick people of other races; not because the people of other races are bad at sports but because people have a prediduce against other races even if they dont even know they're doin that
of course race doesnt matter

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 6:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

some people are just born with the ability to play a sport and some people just practice very hard and get good. There are probably a lot of good black basketball players because many black kids of all economic backgrounds have access to a court

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 6:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

people all of races can compete equally with one another, its just a matter of training

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 6:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's a good question. I can't really say yes or no. I will say you see a lot more African Americans, or Native Americans in different sports, like basketball. It may just be a coincidence though.

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 7:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think that race determines your eligibility in any type of sport. Instead, experience should be the main question there.

posted on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 9:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

even though it seems like it does race has no effect on how well someone plays a sport because race only goes as far as to say what color of skin someone has or where someones ancestors come from and in the big picture those have nothing to do with how athletic someone is and most of the time althetic people have to work hard being athletic is not usually a natural talent and even if it is they still have to train and improve

posted on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 4:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Everyone has a different athletic ability. But, it shouldn't matter what race you are as long as you can play the sport!

posted on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 10:49am
Adam's picture
Adam says:

I beleive what most people have said about race doesnt affect sporting perfomance is untrue!
this is one statistic that shows there is a fair amount of truth in it: • Athletes of West African decent dominate speed events, 494 of the best 500 hundred times for the 100m are held by athletes of West African decent, with 95% black peopel.
Also u can look at the muscle tissue with in different race's and countries, this also affects performance i.e people in kenya are born with 70-75% slow twitch muscle fibres meaning they are alot more suited to long distance running hence the domination of african countries!

posted on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 1:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it does not matter cause you have to practice

posted on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 1:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No not realy a good player is a good player

posted on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 2:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Its not important because just because of your color it dosnt affect how you play.

posted on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 2:59pm
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Joyce Vang says:

I don't think that it should matter what race you are. If you have a talent, play. Who cares what other people will say about our school if different races play a sport that only a certain race can play. The more skills we can have on a team, the better.

posted on Mon, 04/23/2007 - 9:50am
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xiong chang says:

i believe that it does, because if u have a more diverse team then the diversity helps make the team better. this is because with the different experiences that everyone brings, it help contribute to the team performance. well, this is what i think.

posted on Mon, 04/23/2007 - 9:52am
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Patricia says:

GOD IS THE MAKER AND CREATER OF ALL PEOPLE. GOD IS THE ONE WHO DECIDED WHAT COLOR YOU AND I WOULD BE. BE THANKFUL YOU ARE NOT A RAT OR A MONKEY. GOD DID NOT TROUBLE HIMSELF TO ASK YOU WHAT COLOR YOU WANTED TO BE. WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE VERY SURPRISED WHEN WE LEARN WHAT COLOR GOD IS........ >

posted on Mon, 04/23/2007 - 3:03pm
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ReNaGaDe says:

In my opinion race does not matter. if your a black perspn and you are good at basketball you practice the sport we dont just have it in our blood. So it dosen't matter!

put that in your head

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 10:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We are all same in the inside

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 10:50am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

But people with certain genetic traits have an advantage. These beneficial traits tend to be common among certain races.

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 3:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no because you need to be good no matter what race.

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 4:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is not race that makes you good at the sport but more of a cultural influence based on where you live.

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 6:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the definition of "black/african-American/negro in the US has long been a visual one. If you look black you are "Black". Since "Blacks" come in various "shades" indicating various mixtures of "White/Black" mixing, it is impossible to do any truly controlled comparison on any trait you care to meantion including sports and intelligence. Of course, that makes it very easy to purposefully or unintentionally find what ever you THINK is true before you begin. research guy

posted on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 4:38pm
Matt's picture
Matt says:

Throughout history, great athletes have included men and women of all races. Ability has no color. My favorite example of this is the real team that inspired the movie Cool Runnings.

posted on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 6:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

race does not make people better than others in sports

posted on Sat, 04/28/2007 - 11:16am
Amanda's picture
Amanda says:

anyone can be good at a sport if they try hard

posted on Sat, 04/28/2007 - 12:38pm
Matthew's picture
Matthew says:

no,because all great athletes are of different races

posted on Sat, 04/28/2007 - 12:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's not what race you are, It's the matter of how hard you work at doing well in sports

posted on Sat, 04/28/2007 - 3:46pm
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the_one_that_right says:

races doesnt matter on the sport, its the person

posted on Sat, 04/28/2007 - 6:27pm
Daisy's picture
Daisy says:

I don't think race matters when it comes to sports. Saying that race matters is just a form of stereotyping people. I believe the true talent comes from within a person, not because of their race. Its true that many people are sometimes good @ things that others would define as their race's SPECIALTY. But, that's not true for all races. Again, it boils down to stereotyping and prejudice; assuming a person is a certain way just because of their race. Having stereotypes like these could lead certain people who ARE talented at something other then what people define they should be talented at, in disadvantages.

posted on Sat, 04/28/2007 - 6:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I Think It Doesn't matter what race you are. As long as you like the sport go along and play it

posted on Sun, 04/29/2007 - 3:25pm
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alexandra bausch says:

i don't think that race is an important matter in sports. if anybody can do sports really well they should do it. u r probably racist for thinking that different race in a sport is a bad thing

posted on Sun, 04/29/2007 - 7:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

because it helps us know more about people who come from different places in the world.

posted on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 11:21am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It isn't a race thing, but it is a culture thing.

posted on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 12:43pm
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JCC girl #18 says:

I don't think that race is a factor in anything. And that all people are equal in everything from sports or congress.

posted on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 1:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

NO!

If you can play the sport, play it!

posted on Tue, 05/01/2007 - 11:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

we're all equal =]

posted on Tue, 05/01/2007 - 1:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It doesn't matter your skin color, people are created equal. Unless you have some form of disability, everyone can compete equally with the same amount of effort.

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 11:35am
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Piggly Wiggly says:

I think you just have to be good at the sport, and what ever color your skin is, doesn't affect your ability to play the sport. You shouldmn't be ashamed of what your skin color is, and if you want to play a certain sport, you should no matter what.

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 11:40am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that it's the effort you put into the sport that makes you the good player! So go ahead play your heart out!!

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 12:34pm
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Lawrence Jablonski says:

yes it does matter. Look at the NBA how many white people do you see? Not many I mean I was excited to see Jason Kidd and thought he was the best white player but then what do you know I found out he's black. White players make up less then 5% of the NBA so I don't know how you can think that race doesn't play a role in sports. Even the NFL is mostly black. I mean white people can play the positions that you don't have to be fast like quarterback and lineman and some linebackers but if you think of the 5 best players in the NFL that aren't quarterbacks, chances are that at least 4 if not all of them you thought of are black. Now baseball's a different story. not as many black people play that but if you look at the two leading all time home run hitters (Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron) they're both black. And the guy with the most stolen bases? It's no other then our good friend Ricky Henderson. Yep he's black too. And look at Tiger Woods he dominates a white man's sport. I bet if more black people started playing golf they'd dominate too. Many people say Babe Ruth's the best baseball player of all time, but could he hit against some of the great black pitchers? Like Satchel Page, or anybody in the negro leagues. Many say that any of the negro league teams could've beat the major league teams if they were allowed to play. So why are they faster? why can they jump higher? Many say it's because during slavery the slavery owners tried to breed them. They took the strongest man and the strongest women and made them have kids. I also think that during slavery we put them to so much work that they got real strong. So genetically they are stronger. so basically white people screwed themselves over on that.

posted on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 12:38pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Slavery had little to no effect whatsoever on the physical features of modern black Americans. Working hard will change your body -- give you more muscles -- but it won't change your genes. You can't pass an acquired trait on to your children.

During the last few decades of slavery, some slave owners did try to "breed" their slaves as you describe. But it happened for too short a time to have any lasting effect on the population.

The relative dominance of racial groups in various sports has much more to do with class, culture and economics than with race. Basketball, which requires very little equipment to play, is popular in poorer neighborhoods, which are often predominately black. Golf, which requires expensive clubs and course fees, is more often played by wealthy people who, in America, are more likely to be white. One might argue that Hispanic success in baseball stems, in part, from the fact that so many Latin American countries are tropical, and they can play the game year-round, honing their skills.

You cannot draw conclusions about an entire sport from the success of one talented player. Tiger Woods is a tremendous player, but he is only one player in a sport dominated by whites. (It is also worth noting that he is one-quarter Thai, one-quarter Chinese, one-quarter African-American, and one-eighth each Dutch and American Indian.)

Yes, the top 2 home run hitters of all time are black. The top 20 are split, 10 black and 10 white. Neither of these facts tells us anything about race, only about individuals.

We may speculate how Ruth would have fared against Satchel Paige, or how any of the great Negro League players would have done if they'd been allowed in the majors. But the fact is, we will never know.

There have been, and continue to be, star players of many races in all major sports. This tells me that race has nothing to do with sports performance. Rather, it is the talents and skills of the individual, coupled with hard work and determination, which will lead to success.

posted on Fri, 05/04/2007 - 3:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why would someone say yes it is just is wrong. It is raciset

posted on Sat, 05/05/2007 - 12:52pm
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nate fik says:

I think that the color that u are actually does make a difference in how goood in sports you are. it is scientifically proven that black people are more aerodymacccally built than other rarces. taht is why we arer really good in basket ball and running. alot of people who participate in american sports(baseball) take steroids. im not trying to single anyone out (u know who u are) Also for example ethiopians are probably the best runner in the woorld.. i mean look at haile gabrisilace. he had a hurt in the olympics a whihle back and still won a buch of medals.

posted on Sat, 05/05/2007 - 1:50pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Do you have a citation for the claim that blacks are more aerodynamic? I have never heard that before, and the scientists who worked on the Understanding Race exhibit certainly never have, either.

It is true that champion runners have a different muscle structure than the rest of us. But the typical person of any race has the same muscle structure as anybody else.

posted on Sat, 05/05/2007 - 9:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it doesn't matter what race u r as long as u have fun

posted on Sat, 05/05/2007 - 2:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It never matters what your race is, as long you do what YOU want to do.

posted on Sat, 05/05/2007 - 3:32pm
mija's picture
mija says:

that is so correct.... buh bye

posted on Sun, 05/06/2007 - 2:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I wonder why race seems to be so predicatable in certain sports. For example, why are there so many black running backs? Are people of different races "encouraged" to particiapte in different sports based on thier DNA? It certainly seems like it. The movie "White Men Can't Jump" comes to mind.

I would like race not to matter, but I see that it does. That is why I chose the vote I did.

posted on Sat, 05/05/2007 - 5:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why should color matter in sports you could be green and it wouldn't matter

posted on Sat, 05/05/2007 - 8:53pm
D Norb's picture
D Norb says:

I most totally agree.

posted on Sun, 05/06/2007 - 12:08pm
IZA's picture
IZA says:

Race shouldn’t matter in sport or in anyway of life but unfortunately it does matter in this country. To be honest people in this country are very judgmental. The great master says “do not judge, if you judge, you will be judge by the judgment you made”. If you think it’s annoying to be judged for being black or white, imagine your everyday life being misjudged and mistreated for not being either? I am who I am and very proud to be just the way I am but it’s very sad to be unwelcome by both whites and blacks!

posted on Thu, 05/24/2007 - 12:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Race is only a factor in that it is correlated with culture and locality. For example if you live in mountainous eastern Africa, eat a diet of complex carbs, live in a climate that is temperate enough to run all year round, you are naturally able to train and do well in long distance running. How many hockey players grew up skating in their home made rinks in their back yards? The rinks didn't show up accidentally. A Canadian dream is to have a son in the NHL. Not suprising then that nordic Europeans dominate cross country skiing, or that sports requiring height are dominated by people who live in areas where people are more tall on average (good diet, health care, well being). For better or worse, humans naturally tend to "stay in their community". It is the communities that have the advantages and disadvantages with regards to sports. I'd probably have a pretty hard time playing recreational ice hockey if I moved to Saudi Arabia.

posted on Fri, 06/22/2007 - 12:24am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I SAY NO BECAUSE IT SHOULDN'T MATTER WHAR COLOR YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU ARE FROM OR WHAT YOU SOUND LIKE BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE STILL HUMAN.

posted on Tue, 07/03/2007 - 12:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

everyone should just relax because everyone is different but that doesn't give anyone the chance to go and judge so one bcause they dont look like you. no one is the same. if i am red well let me be and if you are black let yuo be because evryone should treat people how they want to be treated thier selfs.

posted on Tue, 07/03/2007 - 12:43pm
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bob noname says:

The political correct answer would be a HUGE NO !! I will be labeled a racist when I say YES race matters in most sports. There are more muscular and stronger black men than white men in sports. As a rule I think blacks men can run faster, gump higher and take more punishment than most white men...Lets face it white america men, they are all around better than us...Amen. Ok let me have it!!!!

posted on Wed, 08/01/2007 - 11:34am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

There are more muscular and stronger black men than white men in sports.

That may be true...in sports. But in the general population? I know of no study to support that claim.

One theory (which I have not tested, so I don't know if it's valid or not) to explain this is that social factors (such as poor educational opportunities) may be pushing a higher proportion of blacks into sports, whereas whites have more options for pursuing success.

posted on Wed, 08/01/2007 - 8:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think blacks have the advantage in sports, if you speak in terms of physical ability. If we take all the sports that require speed, jumping, and running they are dominated by black players. I think, in my opinion, that they acquired this advantage (possibly) during the slavery years where the biggest and strongest male was breed with the biggest and strongest female to obtain these physical traits and create a stronger slave. I believe this is practiced today, for example, with dogs and horses to obtain champion bloodlines. Please keep in mind that no offense is intended with these comments.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 12:40am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Thank you for your comment. I do appreciate your trying to be sensitive, though many people do find this argument distasteful.

In fact, some slaveholders did try to do selective breeding, as you describe. In 1808, the US banned the importation of slaves. The only source of new slaves was the children of existing ones. Some slave owners did attempt to "breed" slaves the way they might breed livestock.

However, the practice was not at universal, and was practiced for, at best, three generations -- not nearly long enough to have any permanent impact on the genetic makeup of black Americans.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 2:58pm
Joe R's picture
Joe R says:

However in essence the selective breeding of slaves had already been going on for hundreds of years previous. The harsh conditions of slave ships coupled with the malnutrition and hard manual labor of every day life ensured that only the strongest survived. Thus although the practice was only purposefully done for a few generations, its unintended usage prior to 1808 undoubtedly affected the genetic makeup of black americans.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 4:11pm
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MichaelTH says:

However, the historic realtionships between africans in their respective tribes has always been crudely based around strength, or athletic prowess. The strongest and most fit were always chosen as leaders, and thus contributed the most to the genetic makeup of their future generations, ie had the most kids. Althougth the 200 years of selective breeding may not have made a significant genetic impact, the few millenia before that most certainly did, whereas their causcasian counterparts were not choosing mates predominantly on size and strength. If the genetic makeup of all humanity started the same, this voluntary selective breeding certainly changed the athleticism based on race.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 4:12pm
Raz's picture
Raz says:

It all depends on the amount of high and low twitch muscle fibres. More high = better muscular power e.g. jumping, sprinting. More low = better at endurance sports.

posted on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 10:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont think it is about colour it is about race, people form differerent countries may be better adapted, e.g in altiude so they can perform better in some sports!

posted on Fri, 09/28/2007 - 5:48am
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Nick5 says:

There is actual scientific evidence that shows Western Africans typicall have more fast twitch muscle fibers, which enable them to run faster. Eastern Africans have more slow twitch muscle fibers which enable them to run distance. Also take into consideration, no one except persons of West African decent have ran the 100m in under 10 seconds. The top 10 times belong to those of West African decent. So technially, race for the most part is important in sports performance.

posted on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 3:15pm
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james branca says:

i think that there are a lot of black and white athletes that have done alot of great things

posted on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 1:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

sports ability is almost all genetic. anyone who is good at sports is good because of his genes, no matter what his race, and blacks are obviously better at the sports that most people care about than are whites, who are generally better than asians. it's a fact of life, deal with it.

posted on Mon, 11/26/2007 - 3:12am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Not so. Genetics is essential to give you a good start -- a strong, healthy body -- but what you do with that start is up to you. You will find outstanding athletes of all races in most sports.

At one time, all the major American sports were exclusively white. Today they are mixed. Some, such as basketball, are predominately black. Did something happen between 1940 and 1980 to suddenly and drastically change the genome of the entire black population? Did something change the genome of whites? No. The change was due entirely to social and economic factors.

In the United States, there are very few Asian baseball players. But in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the teams are almost entirely Asian! Is there a drastic genetic difference between Asians in America and Asian in Asia that makes the latter significantly better athletes? Or, perhaps, is there some other factor involved?

posted on Sun, 01/27/2008 - 10:13pm
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Nikki says:

i dont think it matters what color u are. im a mixed girl and people treat me as a white girl or a black girl. i get the same respect as every one at this school. they may turn out different in the world then everyone else but o well!! they just shouldnt act meaner cause they got treated different back then.

posted on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 1:05pm
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Popcornprincess4 says:

many people belive that it has something to do with it but THAT IS VERY UNTRUE. there bodys might be diffrent than ours but not in a bad way. But i think it is manly your skill.
Peace on Earth:)

posted on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 2:08pm
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teodor rakic says:

I ll give you an advice. READ THE QUESTION one more time. all most everyone has not understood the question and most of you just answers impulsive.DO SOME RESEARCH IN THE INTERNET OR IN YOUR LIBRARY OR READ SOME BOOKS about it and youll come to the result that race matters in sports. thats no prejudice or judgement, it s a fact. dont be ignorant. sports performance doesnt say a thing about your character, thats what we all know and does not have to be repeated by everyone on and on in this forum.

posted on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 12:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

NO It does NOT !!!!!

posted on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 10:42pm
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I Am Not A Racist says:

No. why would people be that racist as to think that race would matter.

posted on Sun, 04/13/2008 - 6:48pm
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KArl says:

Scientifially yes, certian athletes from different areas have scienific reasoning for their progression in speific sports, certian parts of kenya are at high altitude, because of the different pressures at altitude, athletes from this area will have a greater red blood cell count, meaning they can carry more oxygen around their body when performing at sea level, this is why a lot of kenyans dominate running events at athletics heald in europe. (this is why a lot of athletes go to altitude to train, or people resort to blood doping or EPO). asians tend to have shorter legs relative to their torso, which can be beneficial to sports like weightlifting. So although morally everyone should have the right to compete no matter to their race/gender, there will always be people who have a slight advantage or are a lot more suited to a sport than others.

posted on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 7:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

As individuals but not as socially defined groups we will see stand-outs. You information about so called Kenyans is inaccurate. Se Joesph Graves book about the race myth.

posted on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 3:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Races vary and so do genetics. Compare body types and it is obvious
that some races will fair better than others for certain sports. Read Speed
Demons. The Domination of Sport by Blacks. Be realistic we are not all
equal by no means.

posted on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 5:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Greetings. I am very concerned that people grouped in anyway can be said to have certai abilities while others do not. Well you are wrong. Defining groups in simple ways like skin color says nothing about there overall physical or metal abilties. Within that group there is much variation in body types. In so called blacks for example there are many people who would not have the characteristics that would say they would play basketball for example well. At least as we currently define it. Defining a group in some made up social way says nothing about anything else one could do. We are different and not equal as in not the same. There is even more differences within a defined group then across everyone. Be liberated and do not limit yourself or anyone by what you are told is true and use science to really compare things. 100 years ago people of Jewsih decent were believed to dominate basketball because of inquatifiable social beliefs. People defined as black often are told they are not good at other things or believe they cannot persue interests in the arts or sciences so t hey persue sports bcause that is acceptable and they play alot. Lots of practice will make you good. For those that make it-how many thousands do not? Think about it and read better books like by Joesph Graves.

posted on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 3:49pm
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Miss Daisy says:

It's true that some people, in some races, are born with different abilities, but practice does good, and even if you're short, that doesn't mean you can't play a sport that usually is "meant" for tall people. Don't let the media determine what your abilities can be. Just because you're tall doesn't mean you're necessarily great at sports that are for tall people. And these sports that are usually labeled as "sports for tall people" have become a way of thinking for society over time, due to the media's displays and comments.

The color of your skin does not determine your ability to perform in any way. =]

posted on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 4:49pm
Reed's picture
Reed says:

Whos racist not me

posted on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 10:40am
king's picture
king says:

Race has some type of effect on how athletic you are, I do not believe that any any race is born with a superior physicality, but instead the social status of certain races has much to do with it. Rich people who have the latest technology don't have to work as hard as others, and also are thought different morals while growing up.

posted on Sun, 04/05/2009 - 12:49am

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