Can Sports End Racism? | JBalink EBandele KTaylor | 18 min

May 23, 2017
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Sports is always viewed as the great convener of diversity and the time when people of all races and backgrounds come together for a common cause.  However in the commentary written by Wendi Thomas for theundefeated.com she wrote:  

Yes, the crowds at Grizzlies games are more racially mixed than probably any other setting in town. But proximity is not proof of progress, no matter what civic boosters want to believe. In virtually all measures that matter — rates of homeownership, poverty, income, graduation and wealth — black Americans lag behind white Americans. And in some measures, like wealth, the black-white gap is growing.

What are your thoughts on the power of sports and its teams.  Can they lead us to racial harmony?

Our Guests:

  • Jennifer Balink, Executive Director, Exchange Club Family Center
  • Ekundayo Bandele, CEO and Founder, Hattiloo Theatre 
  • Ken Taylor, Executive Director, Beale Street Merchant Association

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