Kendall Baker
Mar 20, 2021 - Sports

The unequal playing field

Photo illustration of an old fashioned microphone, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists at the 1968 Olympics, and a woman holding a sign reading, "True sport knows no colour only merit."
Photo illustration: Aïda Amer. Photos: Clive Limpkin (Stringer), Bettmann/Getty Images

Sports are often sold as the great equalizer. Yet time and again, the sports meritocracy is proven to be a myth.

Why it matters: In theory, sports are an escape. In reality, they are a mirror — often perpetuating the most unjust aspects of society.

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