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March 23, 2000 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the degree that it is a purely scientific debate, the evidence of black superiority in athletics is persuasive and decisively confirmed on the playing field. --Jon Entine in his book "Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It." * Who is Jon Entine and why is he saying those things? "It opens the door for people to talk about a very complex subject," Entine said.
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November 2, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Woodruff, the black American runner who won the 800 meters in the 1936 Berlin Olympics in the face of Adolf Hitler and his "master race" agenda, has died. He was 92. Woodruff, the last surviving gold medalist from that U.S. team that included the legendary runner Jesse Owens, died Tuesday at an assisted living center near Phoenix, said Rose Woodruff, his wife of 37 years.
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August 17, 1991 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marvin Cobb, an assistant athletic director at USC who has been at odds with school administrators over the treatment of black athletes, returned from vacation Friday to discover that he had been transferred off the school's main campus. Cobb, a football and baseball star at USC in the early 1970s, said Friday he received a letter from the school telling him to report Monday to Ferman L. Vigil, senior associate dean for business affairs for the School of Medicine.
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October 19, 2006 | David Davis, Special to The Times
On Sept. 12, 1970, USC played Alabama on a sultry night in Birmingham. By the numbers, the Trojans prevailed handily, 42-21. And yet, by all accounts, the Crimson Tide was the big winner. That discrepancy helps to explain why the game and its impact are so difficult to measure even today, 36 years later. That hasn't stopped a lot of smart people from trying.
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May 12, 1994 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal State Fullerton's most recent NCAA graduation-rates report confirmed John Reid's belief that many African American male athletes are not performing well academically--of the 34 who enrolled and received financial aid in 1985-86, only five (15%) graduated within six years. But Reid, a 51-year-old Fullerton graduate student who played football and ran track at Norfolk (Va.) State University, didn't need any official statistics to grasp the severity of the problem.
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April 7, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
A study comparing the graduation rates of black college athletes at Division I colleges who began school in 1984 with those who enrolled in 1998 showed double-digit percentage increases among males and females. According to the study, released Thursday by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, 52% of all black athletes who began school in 1998 graduated within six years, a 17% increase over the graduation rate of black athletes who enrolled in 1984.
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July 9, 2006 | Susan Straight, Susan Straight, a professor at UC Riverside and a former sports editor for USC's Daily Trojan, is the author of six novels, mostly recently "A Million Nightingales."
BACK in 1978, after graduating from high school, about 20 of my friends went off to be college athletes. Some went with full scholarships, some went as walk-ins. Almost all were black. That fall, I visited two of my best friends, who were playing football for a Riverside County junior college. They'd been recruited by a celebrated coach and promised that they would be part of a great team. It was cold the night they played and won.
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August 27, 1992 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost two-thirds of African-American athletes from Cal State Northridge surveyed by The Times say that the school and its athletic program are insensitive to their needs. Though only three of the 33 current or former African-American Northridge athletes questioned said they personally have witnessed examples of racism within the athletic program, 42% said they have experienced racism in a classroom setting.
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February 21, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, 73, the oddsmaker who was fired by CBS because of controversial remarks about black athletes, filed court complaints against the network that seek $20 million in damages.
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July 9, 2006 | Susan Straight, Susan Straight, a professor at UC Riverside and a former sports editor for USC's Daily Trojan, is the author of six novels, mostly recently "A Million Nightingales."
BACK in 1978, after graduating from high school, about 20 of my friends went off to be college athletes. Some went with full scholarships, some went as walk-ins. Almost all were black. That fall, I visited two of my best friends, who were playing football for a Riverside County junior college. They'd been recruited by a celebrated coach and promised that they would be part of a great team. It was cold the night they played and won.
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April 7, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
A study comparing the graduation rates of black college athletes at Division I colleges who began school in 1984 with those who enrolled in 1998 showed double-digit percentage increases among males and females. According to the study, released Thursday by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, 52% of all black athletes who began school in 1998 graduated within six years, a 17% increase over the graduation rate of black athletes who enrolled in 1984.
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February 19, 2006 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
The critics questioned Shani Davis' sense of patriotism. They questioned his loyalty to the other U.S. speedskaters after he skipped the team pursuit race last week to focus on individual events. Not one to do much talking to reporters, Davis answered his skeptics the best way he knew how. By skating fast. By skating into history. With a resounding victory in the 1,000 meters Saturday night, the 23-year-old from Chicago became the first black to earn individual gold at a Winter Olympics.
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May 28, 2005
Bill Plaschke, in your column "College Baseball Clearly Short of Black Players," you bemoan that "the lack of diversity will again be impossible to hide." Answer: Who cares, there's nothing to hide. You've gone from writing about a subject you don't know much about, sports, (remember "UCLA owns this town"?) to a subject you know about even less, liberal social commentary that does not belong in the Sports section. Baseball is one of the last free areas in life where the best players play due to their skill.
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August 10, 2003 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
The pair of Olympic sprinters stood on the victory stand in Mexico City. As the U.S. national anthem played, each bowed his head and raised a black-gloved fist in protest of racial inequality in America. Gold medalist Tommie Smith cradled a boxed olive branch as an emblem of peace. John Carlos, third in the same 200-meter dash, wore love beads with his bronze medal. Their shoeless feet, clad in black socks, represented poverty among African Americans. The year was 1968.
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March 30, 2003 | Stephen R.D. Glass, Stephen R.D. Glass is a high school teacher who lives in Fullerton.
Before the lunch bell rings each school day, I watch my students. Their eyes dance with excitement. Their bodies lean toward the door like sprinters awaiting the starter's gun. Their feet anxiously tap the floor. Then, at the sound of my voice, they are released from a fate worse than death -- history class. The girls run to various parts of the school, but the boys are off to the basketball courts. I was once one of these boys. As a youth, I loved basketball. I was faithful to my first love.
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May 28, 2005
Bill Plaschke, in your column "College Baseball Clearly Short of Black Players," you bemoan that "the lack of diversity will again be impossible to hide." Answer: Who cares, there's nothing to hide. You've gone from writing about a subject you don't know much about, sports, (remember "UCLA owns this town"?) to a subject you know about even less, liberal social commentary that does not belong in the Sports section. Baseball is one of the last free areas in life where the best players play due to their skill.
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April 1, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Black athletes in the Big Ten graduate at a much lower rate than white athletes, according to a Chicago Tribune survey. Among male and female athletes who were Big Ten freshmen in 1985-86, only 48% of the blacks earned diplomas within six years, compared with 68% of the whites. Academic advisers and sociologists say there are cultural reasons for the gap in the graduation rate.
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March 22, 2003
Re: "Sisters Should Forgive, Forget," on March 17: Bill Dwyre does not get it. The fans at Indian Wells were extremely rude and disrespectful in their treatment of the Williams sisters two years ago. Their behavior was so unusual, as Dwyre acknowledges, that "those who have watched tennis for years had never seen anything like it," even though there have been a number of other instances when players defaulted shortly prior to the start of their...
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December 23, 2002 | David Wharton and Mike Terry, Times Staff Writers
When Malcolm Wooldridge grew big and quick, when he became a high school football star, everyone said the same thing. Classmates and teachers told him. So did people around his Florida hometown. You've got it made, they said. You'll get a college scholarship. The recruiters who came to watch him play only reinforced this notion. Suddenly homework and grades seemed less important as the 6-foot-2, 300-pound teenager devoted himself to taking care of business on the football field.
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