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You Mad, Bro? A Conversation About Race In Sports

Left to right: Donald Watts and Professor Eric Davis at Naked City Brewery
Photo credit: Matt Owens
Left to right: Donald Watts and Professor Eric Davis at Naked City Brewery

Amateur and professional sports bring out the fan, and sometimes the fanatic, in people worldwide. Athletes are modern-day gladiators. So it shouldn’t surprise us when Bellevue College professor Eric Davis says that “sports is essentially a reflection of the best of who we are and the worst of who we are.”

At its best, sports raises us up and breaks down barriers, at its worst it can trigger violence and treat athletes as commodities to be used up and discarded.

In this episode of Speakers Forum, we look at how we go about educating, training and employing athletes in the U.S., and at how race factors into the equation. Sports Illustrated recently estimated that 80 percent of retired NFL players go broke within three years of retiring. Does the world of sports exploit or empower minority athletes?

Humanities Washington presented this "Think & Drink" event on April 20, 2015, at The Royal Room in Columbia City.

Journalist Tonya Mosley moderated this discussion with Bellevue College sociology professor Eric Davis and former University of Washington basketball star Donald Watts. Thanks to Anna Tatistcheff for our recording.

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