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NBA'S RACE RELATIONS EXAMINED IN WASHINGTON POST
Published May 13, 1997
In a front-page feature in Sunday's WASHINGTON POST entitled, "On NBA's Court, Minority Rules," Kevin Merida examined racial interaction in the NBA. In '57, 93% of NBA players were white; currently about 80% of NBA players are black. Merida: "It is one of the most unusual circumstances in the American work force, whites as minorities in a high- paying industry closely scrutinized by the public. Typically, it is blacks and other minorities who must conform to the norms of a mostly white workplace. ... [The NBA] is an intriguing laboratory for exploring how whites fare in an exclusive, predominantly black society." Some white players in the league said that "their association with black players in the NBA has heightened their empathy for those who face discrimination and helped them drop preconceived notion about blacks. Others said they feel constant pressure to prove they belong in the league. And some clearly struggle with the decline of white superstars as the NBA's popularity climbs" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/11).