Richard Sherman and the Fantasy of a Color-blind Society
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Let's start by stating the obvious: No one is required to like Richard Sherman. Anyone who wants to is entitled to think he's a jerk or whatever for his post-game comments Sunday about Michael Crabtree and about his own greatness.
It should also go without saying, however, that we necessarily bring our personal prejudices to bear on whatever it is we're evaluating, that it's impossible to remove completely the filter of race when we do so. It suffuses our perceptions, embeds itself in our subconscious and shapes the way we see, hear, contextualize. Even compliments about black athletes, for example, like Sherman, bear those marks -- people refer to him as "articulate," or "well-spoken," comments often made about black athletes, but rarely if ever about white ones. We all know the studies -- announcers regularly ascribe to white athletes descriptors like "scrappy," "heady," "hard-working," and so on. Black athletes are much more likely to be described as "freaks," "naturals," etc. My
Huffington Post Sports article