Racism in sports in the United States is not new, but in the era of Donald Trump it has found spaces to spread its messages. “Many people of white supremacism are not entirely fans of Donald Trump, but they find it useful for their movement, since it represents some of their ideas and carries out policies that favor them,” said analyst Cassie Miller, who specializes in social issues. and who writes for the Southern Poverty Law Center, in an interview with the Buzz Feed News.
That is how two lines coexist with respect to the American sports environment: one, for the athletes who have demonstrated in favor of Donald Trump, but who are not supremacists, and two, those who, with their actions and speeches, do align to be supremacists.
In the first case we find characters like Mike Tyson, Tom Brady and Pete Rose. During Donald Trump’s first campaign presentation heading for re-election in 2020, Tyson, a friend of Trump for more than 30 years, declared: “If I can convince 200,000 people or more to vote for Trump, I will.”
Like Tyson, other sports figures have spoken out in favor of Trump since before he won the election in 2016. Tom Brady, the top Super Bowls winner in history, considers him “a good friend, and I always support my friends, “while former baseball player Pete Rose and former golfer Jack Nicklaus not only endorsed his support, but trusted him:” Mr. Trump, please make America great again. “
Even the controversial former basketball player Dennis Rodman openly showed his support for Trump in 2016: “We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump.” In 2018, Rodman cried on a live television show after watching the meeting between Donald and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in which he wore a cap with the phrase “Make America great again.”
However, neither Rodman, Brady, Tyson, Rose nor Nicklaus wrote anything on their networks about what happened in the Washington capitol on January 6, when thousands of Trump supporters caused one of the largest disasters in the history of the United States. United and in which several Confederate flags were waved overhead.
Systematized Supremacy in the Sports Ecosystem
In 2014, former English defender Sol Campbell recounted in his autobiography: “If I were white I would have been England captain for more than 10 years. He had the credibility, in terms of performance, to be “, adding that the Football Federation of England is” institutionally racist. “
Also in England in 1991, Ron Noades, president of Crystal Palace stated: “Black players give the team a lot of skill and style, but you also need whites to balance with intelligence and common sense.”