Race and Race.

30 Apr

Here lately I have been reading and hearing disturbing things come from others in this lovely world. I am going to talk about race. Today I was told that race has a lot to do with athletics ( this came from a white person), and I disagree. If people really think this , then they are probably the same people who think race plays with intelligence and the ability to run a country or business.

If race plays a part in athletics then why is the best high jumper in America White and almost 6 feet tall named Jesse Williams 7′ 9 1/4″ ( white men can’t jump, remember?)? The fastest 800 meter runner in America is Nick Symmonds he is white. The record is held by a Cuban 7′ 11″. Why was the best 110 Meter high hurdles a few years back from China named Liu Xiang ( Asians can only do math, right?)? Billy Mills ( Native American) won the 10,000 meter race at the 1964 Olympics. Who was the first high school kid to run a mile under 4 minutes? Jim Ryan ( white). Who is one of the worlds best 400 meter runner ? Jeremy Warner ( white). Who is one of the best golfers of all time ( a white sport for the most part)? Tiger Woods ( Bi Racial). Who scored the winning goal in Hockey ( mostly white sport) against Boston last week? Joel Ward ( African-American) My point is that yes there are a lot of black / African-Americans in sports, but their skin color has nothing to do with how good they are. It has to do with hard work and dedication. A few olympics back, a greek lady won the 100 meters and a greek man won the 200 meters. If race plays a role in running, then who will win a 10 mile race between a Jamaican and a Kenyan? They both are black, so there should be a tie ( I have yet to see a fast Jamaican over 400 meters and a fast Kenyan under 800 meters). If the theory of race is true. Because the same race should be of equal ability, right? Some  of my Jamaican friends can not run over 300 yards without passing out , yet they are very intelligent .

If race plays a part in intelligence ( lots of people think whites and Asians are the smartest of all races) then who did the first open heart surgery? It was Daniel Hale Williams ( African America). Who invented peanut butter? George Washington Carver ( African-American). Who started or came up with the blood banks? Dr. Charles Richard Drew ( African-American). Who invented the potato chip? George Crum ( Native American/ African-American). The gas mask was invented by Garrett Morgan ( African-American).

Some people think race plays a role in the way people act and behave. Anyone remember Timothy Mcvee? He was a white man who blew up a building and killed 100’s of people. He was not brown-skinned, he spoke the same language as anyone else in America. Why did he act like that? The stereo type of good behaving humans are to be white (not in this case).

Anyone hear of the stereotype of the Philippine’s? They like the medical field. Is that true to probably the best boxer in the world? Manny Pacquiao ( Filipino).

You see folks race only plays a part in anything in life if you want it to play a part. The people who are great in sports is from hard work, proper coaching, and studying their sport regardless of race. The inventors are inventing new ideas and products because they are studying, not because they have a certain skin color or their hair is of a certain texture. The future C.E.O.’s of corporations are going to class and learning the proper skills to be a boss.

If you think race plays a part in anything, you are doing 2 things. One you are holding yourself back by making up excuses for failure because you are listening to bigots and racists. Second you are holding great people back all because they do not fall into your stereotype of who should run a business, country or race the next race. Open up your mind and grow as a person. If people get past this way of thinking then more people of all races will end up running corporations, teams, and playing all kinds of sports or running races or inventing new products or ideas.

To me race has nothing to do with nothing. People are good or bad at what they do all from hard work and a gift from God. The color of a humans skin has no factor in anything but ignorant thoughts from others.

I would love to have feed back good or bad. I will respond back.

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6 Responses to “Race and Race.”

  1. fawn dorr April 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    race plays a roll in athletics in many ways. it pertains to me, in the following. If you are a marketing company. a shoe company, or other endorser, you want your product seen… ur billboard seen (so to speak). if you have ten girls, all running the same times, how do you choose which athlete to endorse? well, u pick the one that sticks out the most. and in the world of sprinting in the USA, being white in the sprinting world is rare. if youre watching espn and you see 8/9 girls lined up for a race and only one of them is white… aren’t u going to notice her? win or lose u will notice her. endorsements are abt being noticed, not just for performance but for many reasons. signature hair, beautiful face… something that makes you DIFFERENT. now, this might seem small, but have you ever spoken to a person competing who DIDNT have a contract? ask them how easy it is to travel and compete w/o an endorsement. and in this way, race absolutely lives in track and field. it works both ways. if you ever saw a chinese american competing well for the USA, wouldn’t you notice? You remember people that look different from the norm. you are paid for being different. track is 10xs easier when u dont have to worry abt $. race absolutely matters.

    • Chad Johnson April 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

      Now that makes sense the way you put it. I see where you are coming from Fawn. I hope you stick out big time so you make big $$$$. But there are those who will look at you and think you can not sprint because you are white, and that to me is very sad. It kind of is the same way of thinking that some people are not QB’s in football because they are not white, yet they may be the best one. In the sport of track, money is very hard to come by. I will be hoping and praying that you make a huge splash in the track world. I love your spunk and desire that you have. When I was at the KU relays watching my daughter run, this white girl won a 100 meter race. All you could hear from the kids was wow that white girl is fast. I think it’s sad that people have to throw race in there when comments are made. I would have thought the same had I heard a white person say wow those black girls are slow. Once again , I hoep you rock the track world, like how LOLO did in the last olympics. GOOK LUCK.

  2. Dave April 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    What is your theory behind the fact that the sport of basketball is dominated by african-americans and the sport of hockey is dominated by european-americans?

    • Chad Johnson April 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

      More white people are working on hockey and more African Americans are on the court practicing. Plus those who draft still have that mind set that only ” certain” people can play certain sports. Same is true with using the brain ( work or studies). If more whites played basketball and worked as hard as African Americans and the bosses got rid of the mind set that whites are not that good more would be drafted. Same is true in Hockey but visa versa.

  3. Nydia February 1, 2013 at 10:58 am #

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    Keep up the fantastic works guys I’ve added you guys to blogroll.

    • Chad Johnson February 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.

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