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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2023

Game Over: The Apathy and Aftermath of Black Athleticism in The Collegiate and Professional Sports Arena

Keashun Lawrence

Sophomore, Accounting


Due to the insurgence of the racialization of politics in sports, the roles that black athletes play continue to become increasingly difficult. The similarities between slavery as an institution and athletic programs at the collegiate and professional levels today are undeniable and intentional. The need for reform in the realm of sport is critical as the era of the sacrificial gladiator is visible through the dehumanization of black males in particular on and off the court/field.
The level of career ending injuries in sportsmen is at an all-time high. Moreover, these injuries seem to disproportionately affect black males as the “value” of their debt to the “game” is overlooked and underfunded. This presentation simply seeks to discuss the exploitation of Black athletic body for monetary gain, social control, intellectual seasoning, and personality manipulation.

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