SOCA02H3 Lecture Notes - Rodney King, Heavyweight Champ, Real Tennis

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Published on 15 Apr 2013
School
UTSC
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCA02H3
Professor
SOCA02 Intro to Soc Week 1 January 10, 2013
Race and Ethnic
Social Control & Race
- Afro- Americans
o They experience “Special” racism
- Author Ash First real tennis winner Black
% of groups with White Spouses 2000 US Census
- Blacks were the minority group with the least amount of people that had white spouses
Sport and Social Mobility
- Minorities overrepresented in sport
o Why?
They lack other opportunities
Performance easily measured (Ex. Running)
Boxing
- Oldest sport?
o Bronze age pottery
- Byron
o Boxing is the favourite sport of aristocrats (19th century)
Has gone downhill since it is “politically incorrect”
People believe it is a lower class sport, who is going to endure being beat up?
Heavyweight Champ
- Pinnacle of sport
o From the underclass
- Given “leeway”
o Exercise/neutralize/tolerate deviance
Afro American Champs
- Create ambivalence
- They fear & increase social control
o In the past they would have black people to fight, however, they were not allowed to
hit whites
Boxing History
- Jack Johnson First black heavy weight champion
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o He was very arrogant, if people were looking for a champion they would be looking for a
‘good boy’
o He married 3 different white women in the 1910s
There was a law that black and white were not allowed to get married and he
threw it around
o He was driving through states really fast, he was stopped by a cop and he paid the ticket
on the spot. He paid the cop twice the amount of the ticket saying that he would pass
through the street again tomorrow
Other Fighters
- Joe Louis
o Many consider him to be the greatest fighter ever
o Fights once a month compared to others (once a year &etc)
o He seemed to be a good guy in the beginning, he didn’t swear, he was humble, he
donated money to the war
o Was fighting Schmelling and last the first fight
The second fight, he hit Schmelling so hard on the side that he broke his rib
o Had bad financial advice and had gone broke
He was shamed afterwards in the United States regardless of what happened in
the past
- Floyd Patterson
o Not as much as Louis but pretty much a white fighter
o He was respectful
o He had a problem/secret that he had a glass jaw and eventually people found out
- Sunny Liston
o Criminal, poor, not much good could be said about him until later in his life
o He was so poor that he said the first time he had a good dinner was in prison
o He was the champ before Ali, and Ali had beat him
- Muhammad Ali
o Loud, arrogant
o After he won his first match he changes his name to Ali, being a Black Muslim
Hated by all whites but later wins back their affection
o Famous Quote: “I ain’t go nothing against viet cong”
o US took away his fighting license and his passport stuck in USA and unable to fight…
Great White Hope
- VS Larry Homes
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
- Light/middle weight fighter
- Jailed for 20 years
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