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Race

Sport and the Spirit of Capitalism

Today the scandal in professional cycling is doping: a hundred years ago it was racism.

Traditionally, things have tended to be difficult for the American athlete who happens also to be black. Jesse Owens, snubbed by his own President, had to travel to the 1936 Berlin Olympiad for the “warmest ovation of his life” – and a friendly wave from the Fuhrer himself – whilst a young Cassius Clay, disgusted by his homecoming reception some 24 years later, reportedly consigned his Rome Olympic Gold to the muddy depths of the Ohio. Practically unknown today, although in his time as famous as Owens or Clay, is cyclist Major Taylor. Why?

Book and Film Reviews

Routine and complex labour

How to make opportunity equal: race and contributive justice. By Paul Gomberg. Blackwell, 2007.

The author of this slimmish book is a black American philosophy professor. He discusses race or racism on nearly every page, at one point making the extreme claim that "Race is class made visible and vicious." But race is arguably not the main theme of the book. Gomberg believes that "we need to share labor, including the boring work most of us like to avoid, if everyone is to have an opportunity to develop all of their abilities."

Racism - Its Causes and Cure

Public meeting at the Duke of York, Islington, London. Speaker: Jill Coxall Date: 21-07-1988

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Thursday, 21 July 1988

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