Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Injustice of Professional Sports - Sochi and Beyond

Everyone recalls the homophobia and outright social injustice that took place in Russia during the Sochi Olympics 2014. Yet somehow, the world came, played and left without paying little attention to helping transform the lives of those who are victims of controlled injustice. I watched the Olympics because I celebrate the athletes and I find it very exciting; I don't think those who trained so hard should be punished for the bad decisions of the governing bodies of the Olympic games. However I do strongly believe that the selection of a hosting city should be primarily based on the way they treat their own people. We should not pour economy and celebration into places that preach bigotry and hatred.

Professional sports are racist, sexist and homophobic - is this news shocking to anyone? We have seen this outplay over and over. It seems that money can buy almost anything, but not morality and justice. It's too bad that athletes that come from humble beginnings have to make deals with the devil to be celebrated for their talents. Who is the master and who is the slave? Sports are meant to bring people together, not divide them.
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