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CHICAGO SUN-TIMES' RICK TELANDER EXAMINES RACE AND SPORTS

          In a six-part series from Sunday through today,
     columnist Rick Telander of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES examined
     race and sports.  Telander: "In this, Black History Month,
     1997, the 50th anniversary of second baseman [Jackie]
     Robinson's integration of major league baseball, we find
     ourselves half-blinded, half-mesmerized, half-baffled, half-
     terrified and completely overwhelmed by the collision of
     sports and race" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/16).  Telander, under
     the header "Black Athletes Dominating Landscape": "The
     dominance of black athletes in many sports that require
     speed, jumping ability, power or quickness has become such
     an ingrained -- yet largely unspoken -- aspect of modern
     life that we can tolerate impersonal titles such as 'Play
     That Funky Music (White Boy)' or 'White Men Can't Jump,' as
     long as they bring a chuckle to our lips and not an epithet"
     (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/17).


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