Taboo

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Minority Representation In Media I chose Jon Entine’s Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports And Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It for my book on minority representation in media. This book embarks on a subject that very few have been willing to discuss openly in the past fifty years. Why is the typical black athlete superior to the white athlete? And why do many feel it is wrong to analyze, discuss, or even wonder about something that seems so evident? This book offers the history behind African American athletes in sports and examines the genetic revolution that follows it. Taboo also addresses the circumstances that have made human biodiversity so difficult to approach. One theory on why blacks have become more athletic than …show more content…
One interesting statistic that was presented was “Blacks have a 1 in 4,000 chance of playing in the NBA. While whites have a 1 in 90,000 chance”(Entine 19). He also provides astonishing evidence of the domination of African-native track-and-field athletes. There is almost a complete absence of white sprinters in the top 100 times in the 100, 200, and 400m races. This cannot be coincidence that different races excel at different sporting events. Entine goes on to state “All of the 32 finalists in the last four Olympic men 's 100-meter races are of West African descent. The likelihood of that happening based on population numbers alone-blacks from that region, now living around the globe, represent approximately 8 percent of the world 's population-is 0.0000000000000000000000000000000001 percent”(34). This is quite an astounding statistic!
Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports And Why We’re Afraid To Talk About It teaches us that minority representation in sports media and television is becoming more and more diverse. However, the more diverse it is becoming the more prominent misrepresentation and racial slurring has become in the media. After thinking about the title of this paper, it seems somewhat ironic that with the emergence of so many Black and International athletes throughout sports in the United States, Caucasians have become the minority. One of the key
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