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Will Think of A Title
Transcript of Will Think of A Title
Many athletes have come out over the years, though not all reactions to the news were the same, and a visible gender line was created between male and female gay athletes.
People resort to their religion and the religion's views about homosexuality to dictate what occurs in professional sports and whether gays should be allowed to play or not.
This argument is severely fallacious because religion has no place in sports. There is no reason for someone to turn to religion just to back their own narrow-minded views as to whether or not gays should be allowed to play.
Many owners and coaches may have pre-existing prejudices against homosexuals and have bigoted or skewed visions as to what they think is right and moral.
Another argument is that what used to be "locker room rituals" have coerced into “more homoerotic” than was previously realized.
These “rituals” had always been “a little bit gay” as said by NY Times writer Frank Bruni, who observed that sports players had never really even thought of the innuendos that would arise from their “bonding” and have only begun to think about it since the topic of gays playing sports has come around.
Michael Sam, a college football player, has recently exposed his sexual orientation as homosexual. Reactions to this outcome have ranged all the way from passive, to horrified, to non-plussed. Doing so just a couple of weeks before the NFL draft of the season has began to stir problems within the association as well as questioning as to whether or not the NFL should allow gay men into the association.
Britney Griner, a gay basketball player in the WNBA has also been recently exposed as a lesbian. Unlike Michael Sam, she does not receive quite as much as hate, simply because she is a woman. This proves that the discrimination stops right at the gender line between men and women because while men, such as Micheal Sam, are questioned for their sexual orientation, women are sometimes close to never being judged and sometimes are even expected to be the way they currently are.
Tentative Question/Proposed Topic
December 2, 2013 was the day that Olympic Silver Medalist, Tom Daley, came out as bisexual and told the world that he was in a committed relationship with another man. While this news was strikingly shocking, there was little violent reaction towards Daley’s coming out. Many people, including Daley himself, were also intrigued at the reactions, or lack thereof, especially with all of the fuss about male athletes coming out as gay,
Even though many pro athletes have been discriminated against in a variety of ways, it stops right at the gender line between male and female because while many people were terrified by the idea of men being gay in pro sports, when it came to women, the public believed it to be normal and sometimes even expected.
Prejudice and discrimination is a rampant issue that has begun to arise in the field of professional sports. More specifically, this is discrimination against homosexuals in the pro leagues. Throughout the years, players have come out after retirement and have told the press that they were afraid of coming out during their prime in fear of: a) being ejected from the team and/or league b) being discriminated against by teammates and/or coaches and c) for fear of ruining their own personal career. However, this is a hardship that people should not have to face, as no one should be discriminated against because of their sexuality.
How do pre-existing prejudices against homosexuals prevent them from pursuing a career in professional sports? And what kind of discrimination might they face if they are accepted into the pro leagues?
Society should care about this issue because these athletes are not given a fair opportunity to live doing jobs that they enjoy. And even though fans are not directly affected, they should be morally interested because of the ethics that are involved with banning this certain group of people. The ones who are in power include the owners and the people in charge of the teams, and the coaches. The group that is left without any power over this are the players who are homosexuals.
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Call to Action
Edit the Rule Book
The rules need to be changed so that no group of people will be discriminated against, be it by race, background, or sexuality. All people who have been drafted by the NFL should be allowed to join the league, and all students attending college who have made it to the drafts should be eligible to join the NFL.
Leave Religion on the sidelines
Owners and coaches need to set aside their own personal views, for the betterment of the team and for the moral of all players on the team. There is no reason for them to discriminate against any of their players because of what they think personally. Religion has no place in sports, and views that are of hatred and ignorance need to be left off of the field because “the field is a sacred place where all that matters is the game” as eloquently said by Bruce Armstrong, a retired NFL player.
Fans need to stop supporting teams that discriminate against homosexuals or any other group of people, and send in letters addressing their distaste. With the sheer number of people who attend each football game and the amount of money gained per game, the sponsors and owners can’t stand to lose that much money if enough people boycott the games. However, this is slightly more difficult to accomplish, as some people are not personally attached, but should be morally motivated to.
Little by Little
But there are plenty of small steps that can be taken, fans supporting Michael Sam, sending in petitions with names of fans who believe that what the league is doing is wrong, and other little gestures that will let the league know that they are not the only ones who have the power to change things.
Spectators are not as powerless as they seem. In the whole of it, there are more fans than owners, and if we decide to take a stand against their ruling, then we can change the rules. What needs to be done is as follows:
Connections to TKAM
The issue that currently stands is pre-existing prejudices against homosexuals in pro athlete sports. The people who are affected range from a variety of pro athlete sports. As a homosexual athlete they are either excepted as a pro athlete or they are questioned on whether their sexual orientation will allow them to pursue their life long career.
One of the themes that Harper Lee explores in her novel is that "all people are created equal”, however, not everyone is treated equally. In numerous cases, LGBTQ+ people have been alienated from normal everyday activities and have been shunned for being gay. They have been struggling to ignore the discriminatory comments others make about them, which includes coaches saying that they will allow homosexuals on their team, but will require them to change in a separate locker room, which is actually making the situation worse by discriminating against them and not allowing them to feel as if they are a part of the team.
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Schulman, Michael. "Bisexual: A Label With Layers." The New York Times. The New York Times, 4 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/fashion/Tom-Daley-Bisexual-LGBT.html?_r=0>.
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