The writer of the article then proceeds to praise the players who got into two separate fights, one second apart.
“Both tough guys dropped the gloves on back-to-back face-offs.” I am willing to bet that the writer covering this hockey game was one of the main critics who came out blasting the basketball players for their actions on the court.
This rhetoric sounds very similar to the equally ignorant and childish statement from an Xavier player made during the post-fight press conference.
“We’re not going to sit there and get our face beat in by somebody like Yancy Gates. We won't let that happen.”
The media coverage of the Xavier-Cincinnati fight is flat out hypocritical, but the actions of the players played right into the hands of the social stigmas related to violence within the African American community. The actions of players from both teams were a check in the box for the people who continue to push the negative young black male stereotype.
Remember what happened on that day because the next time you see a bench clearing brawl break out in another sport, pay attention to how the brawl is covered by the media. Think about how the fight at the end of the Xavier-Cincinnati basketball game was covered and how fighting in other sports is justified.
I am willing to bet that the terminology associated with the people in those fights won’t include the words ‘gangstas’ or ‘thugs’ or ‘street brawl’. Think about it and remember where you heard it first.
Originally published by Steve Maynor Jr. on December 13, 2011 via Blogger.com