Every NFL offseason, video game fans from around the United States and beyond await the next installment of EA Sports' Madden NFL video game. However, the "Madden Curse" is a phenomenon that has been risen over the past half-decade.
The name of Washington, D.C.'s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. But more importantly, Native American people feel it. How important is that to the rest of us? That is the moral question for all of us: Are we going to show respect for our nation's original citizens?
In an interview with Time magazine, NFL cornerback Richard Sherman took a stand and became the first current pro football player to openly criticize the NFL for refusing to change the name of the Washington football team.
Think Seattle and you think: Seahawks. Space Needle. Microsoft. Crummy weather. Not so fast. The Pacific Northwest's Emerald City actually has a ton of sparkle.
This is bigger than DeSean Jackson or the NFL. In a nation where black youth are routinely stopped and frisked because they "fit a profile," what happens to DeSean Jackson matters.
The harmful impact that sex-based slurs may have upon male players, fans, and coaches has also received insufficient attention in the NFL.
When an All-Pro cornerback from the NFL's best defensive squad needs to have his 3.9 GPA from Stanford cited to stop white people's quivering, we have a problem.
I hate criticizing Hip-Hop, but it's definitely become "trap music." I may partake in the ignorant hypocrisy, but like a pitbull, I have trouble defending it.
Dunn's lawyer, Cory Strolla, insisted that the trial was not about race, but instead about a "subculture thug issue." But what work is "thug" doing here, other than to dehumanize a group of young men for the purposes of devaluing their lives in order to justify ending them?
People have said that the harassment may have stopped had Martin used his 6'5" 312 pound frame to body slam the bullies. But, let's be honest for a second.
After watching the news over the past month, three thoughts struck me. They were observations about the state of our culture today. Once a culture rich with depth, democracy, morals and humility, we are now... well, superficial, self-absorbed and synthetic.
The Super Bowl and the weeks leading up to the big game gave us plenty of material to discuss with the boys.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks dominated Denver 43-8 to capture the first Super Bowl title in franchise history. The reason why was because they did it their own way.
I wonder, as I prepare to host a Super Bowl party with my girlfriend for people who don't really care about the Super Bowl (aka artists and Buddhists), what future sociologists might think about the event.
I don't want to insinuate that discussions about how racism impacts Black men are not important. Of course they are. But Black male issues constitute the vast majority of conversations about oppression towards the Black community.
This is where the American dream meets reality.