The discussion of racism in sports in the US is typically focused on issues predominantly affecting black athletes. While these are important issues to discuss, it usually leaves other minority communities on the sideline. It’s important to recognize that the topic of “racism” is a multi-faceted and complex issue where different people are affected by it in different ways. Thus, the problems of racism that affect black people in America are not necessarily the same as those that affect Asian people in America. All these issues are valid and should be addressed with equal importance when it comes to the discussion of racism in sports.
As the US is in the midst of chaotic protests as it is gripping with the reality of systemic racism prevalent in policing and law enforcement, as well as ingrained within our society as a whole. The trust between police departments and the communities they are supposed to be responsible for has been shattered. It’s time to have an important discussion on the existence of systematic racism in sports. Let’s be clear, systematic racism and white privilege exists in sports on every level.
Coach Dirk, CSCS, is a performance coach, teacher, writer, journalist, and athlete who is currently studying for his Masters Degree in sports psychology at the Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln. He brings over 10 years of experience as a coach, athlete, personal trainer, fitness instructor, and sports psychologist to drive athletes to build their own self efficacy and express themselves through sport.