Analysis Of Maya Angelou 's Novel, Champion Of The World

979 Words Mar 6th, 2016 4 Pages
“Freedom to Respect”
Maya Angelou, poet and author communicates an extraordinary article “Champion of the World.” Student and writer, Sara Maratta, shares her astonishing views in an article “Move Over Boys, Make Room in the Crease.” Even though Angelou and Maratta share views of discrimination in the sports arena, as well as how sports can empower an individual to represent an entire group of people, they differ in defining what is at stake when it comes to winning the big game.
Angelou uses the intensity of a televised fight of famous heavyweight boxer, Joe Louis, to show us the challenges of racial discrimination endured by an entire race of people. Quotes are heard over the radio, and from fans attentively listening to the history defining boxing match. Segregation through race discrimination is apparent. Louis is referred to as the “Brown Bomber.” “I ain’t worried ‘bout this fight. Joe’s gonna whip that cracker like it’s open season.” “That white man don’t mind hugging that niggah now, I betcha.” (Angelou, “Champion of the World” 484, 485)
This fight was more than a boxing match, it was a racial battle; black vs. white. When Louis was losing the fight, Angelou compared it to racial struggles. “My race groaned. It was our people falling. It was another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree” (Angelou, 486).
Marratta’s article reveals her newly found interest in ice hockey and her views on sexual discrimination and negative treatment of women in sports, as…
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