Monday, April 11, 2011

On Passing Yarns: The white man who can dance is black

Race is complicated. So is football. Take passing.
The Mexican-American coach attempting to both complement and motivate his football team, the majority of whom are African-American, noted a great play just executed in practice by two players. It was a comment along the lines of "see, white men can dance." The black players laughed, because one of the "white guys" whose football prowess he was extolling was a very light-skinned black man.
"Ah, race in America!" I said under my breath. "I love this team and football, America's game." -gw

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