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  • It's a generalization. They are never 100% correct - it is impossible to categorize all people, belonging to one ethnicity as "all" being "something" - and can potentially be offensive, no matter how innocent the intentions.
  • Sure it is. Its offensive and probably even demeaning to somebody. If it helps I'm white and am no good at sports. It could just be that black people across the nation realize that they can work hard at that and become good at it but are always given the idea by society that they cant work hard at something else and become successful there. Which we all know is untrue. Basically the statement is true in many cases but to say that all blacks or all whites or all jamaicans do one certain thing is probably the most absurd thing you could say. Unless its something obvious like breath or live or die.
  • No it is a truism.
  • I dont think its biased I man no matter your skin color. If you work hard and train you should be able to reach your goals. However, there are people black and white with natural talents. But then again, slave holders back in the day took the biggest black people they could find and "bred" them to make a "super black person"
  • Of course it is biased! Such sweeping statements do not make sense at all and would most likely only be used to cause offence. If it were true then "why are not most top sportsmen and women black?" The reality is that 'more' of the top performers around the world are actually white... but that does not make white people better at sports than black people. There are simply more whites that have/take the opportunity to get to the top.
  • It is offensive and a generalisation. The reason why there are so many black people in (some) sports shares similar roots with stereotypes about East Asian people being inherently scientific and academic. The reality is that many blacks, when finally given civil liberties, were given poorer education facilities than whites and one of the few ways for a wo/man to succeed was through professional sports. It provided a means to get out of the ghetto.
  • than, not then.
  • It is bias, because different people are good at different things. It looks that black people might be better at track and field, but it might not be that. It could be that opportunity favours track and field for blacks, because (traditionally) a lot of urban black kids may have not had access to the swimming pools that urban white kids did, but they did have access to track and field. Look now at the upsurge in Chinese and Japanese swimmers. These nations were traditionally not good in the pool, until their countries focussed on this area and built up elite squads. We Aussies put much more money into swimming than we do into track and field, so is it a surprise that we turn out more swimmers? No. Many of the South East Asian countries have little or no access to swimming and track/field, but even the poorest areas have badminton and tabletennis, so, naturally, they produce great players. It's all about opportunity and funding. Were money spread evenly across the nations, I think we would see a more even field of sportspeople, but, of course, this will never happen.
  • I think this could just be racism, because black and white are here races: "The term racism may apply to any belief whose primary basis is the concept of race, itself a social construct with potent social and political effects but no basis in biological science." Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism
  • If you say SOME blacks are better than sports than whites, it should be fine because my little cousin-in-law is bad at sports. He's a science kind of guy.
  • Yes. Because the sole basis is race.
  • If you yourself is black and you are saying it then yes, it is probably a biased comment. But I think you are looking for the word stereotype, in which case it is definitely a stereotype to say that all black people are better at sports.
  • If you have stats to back it up, then it is not biased.
  • See what trouble it got Jimmy The Greek in....
  • No,It is a fact, not in all, but in certain sports Coloured people are better. It is my view that given an opportunity and adequate training and encouragement better sports persons will come out of any racial or coloured group.
  • Yes, however in some cases, it's certainly a fair bias. Because of some genetic traits generally common to people of African origin, they ARE better at certain activities, generally. This only really is accurate though, at the upper extremities of all races, and asians tend not to produce as tall "tallests" as africans do. That's just how it is. Bias yes, but accurate.
  • I just read an interesting article in the New York Times that touched on genetic differences between the races. Follow the link below if you are interested. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/us/11dna.html?pagewanted=1&bl&ei=5087&en=0e3f5d4263677174&ex=1194843600
  • Yes it is. I believe race has nothing to do with sports performance. Training, determination and the will to win make the difference, not race.
  • I don't think sharing a personal observation, when just making an observation is the only intent, is racist, although, a lot of the overly sensitive people who are looking for an excuse to play the race card might say it is.
  • I don't think saw.I never made a snap judgement especially cos I haven't watched enough sport to be able to comment but black people are thes best in BasketBall for instance,running the Marathon,me personally though never seen a black any gender in swimming.But they certainly have potential,:-)
  • The local school in my area has students from all over the world. And have just had their sport day. I watched some of the events to see how an African girl that I befriend got on. Some of the african children did well in track and field despite been refugees.
  • No. As long as your argument is based on logic and proof to back it up then no.
  • I don't think it's bias I think it is a generalism based on your opinion. It is certainly true that we see more black competitors in some sports but that doesn't mean they are necessarily better than competitors from other races. Some very good sportsmen/women from all over the World will be competing in China very soon; perhaps you could keep a tally on the results and see how it pans out from an objective stance?
  • It is not biased, it has been proved in DNA testing and Genetic studies that the way black people's bodies are build are different than those of white people. The difference in the bodies is what makes black people more effective or competitive than whites in most sports. Enclosed is a link that proves what I am saying, if you are interested please read it. This is scientific information so I am not posting it to argue about something that has perfectly valid scientific information. http://isteve.blogspot.com/2007/09/black-v-white-physical-differences-in.html Regards.
  • Not at all! Just use google scholar and you will see that black people have more fast twitch muscle fiber and a higher amount of testosterone (in males) than do whites or east asians. Of course training and hard work matter, but out of the world's top 200 individuals for the 100 meter dash, none are white. And all of the top 10 are black. So yeah, if you mean to be biased and or racist, then saying that black people are better than white people at sports is biased. But, a fact is a fact and for scientific reasons one should not ignore that which is true, obvious, and proven. People who are sensitive and or looking for opportunities to gain the social upper hand and will most likely jump on such a comment as wrong, evil, and insensitive. Who can blame them?
  • So how come it's a-ok to say that blacks are better at sports, but NOT ok to say that whites are better at ANYTHING? I'd like to say that there are SIGNIFICANT racial differences in physical and mental abilities. Whites don't come out on top in very many categories. But there are some marked differences that I wish people could talk about without haters shouting 'Racist!'. It's stupid.
  • Probably. You can never say one group of people are better than another group of people at something. There are always exceptions. You can probably say this about sports like football, basketball, or even baseball. But look at lacrosse, soccer and tennis. Blacks may be genetically more athletic, but you can't say they all are. I'm not trying to seem racist if that's what you might be thinking.
  • No, they are.
  • Well if you look at the last Olympic games where black athletes won the majority of the medals for the USA,you definitely could say that they were the best team members.
  • I looked into this and there isn't any credible evidence. The websites that claim it have no medical research, they use a bunch of big words and people believe it. Now; has anyone ever thought perhaps blacks enjoy certain sports more than whites? And because of it the talented ones make it a profession? A lot of blacks are encouraged to excel in school sports because many of them are in poverty here in the US. A fast muscle twitch would be associated with short bursts of strength; where slow muscle twitch would be associated with endurance. So if you go by that alone and the stereotype you could assume that black athletes are good at sports involving power, not endurance. You would need to take out all the boxing, basketball, anything involving long periods of exercise. Hell I could look at MMA, hockey, soccer, and wrestling and say whites are more athletic than blacks because there's hardly any blacks in those sports.
  • Anybody who thinks that "training," and "determination," are the characteristics that cause black athletes to excel are full of shit. For one reason or another, blacks are naturally more athletic. I won't speculate as to how the anatomy of blacks evolved to produce superior athletes, but it is undeniably true. If you don't believe it, just flip on the TV on Sunday and watch the first part of any NFL or NBA game. You'll see the starting lineup and will also notice that there may be one or two, maybe more, but not likely, white players. Hell, even the MLB is moving in the same direction. I find it almost humorous when you see the "token white guy" on the team. I don't think that it is racist to say that blacks are better at sports; if they are, they are...who cares. What is racist is to speculate as to why they are better, ie. learned to run fast because they're always running from the police. It would also be racist to say that professional sports have become a ridiculous circus of thugs because 98% of professional athletes are black. It might also be racist to say that you can take the nigger out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the nigger. But I don't think that saying blacks are better at sports is racist.
  • No, asians are better at math, and whites are better at colonizing and exploiting indigenous peoples. We all have our strengths.

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