Race, gender and the road before us
Lovie Smith's success with the Bears is one of the encouraging developments as Richard Lapchick releases the latest Racial and Gender Report Card.
I have been writing the Racial and Gender Report Card since the 1980s. The report released today by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida marks the first time that every sport covered has received a grade of at least a B-minus for race.It shows that professional and college sport is making real progress, while still leaving room for improvement, especially in certain categories. In the early years of the Report Card, the NBA was the only league to receive a B or better. The NBA still sets the standard this year with the only A among men's sports, but major league baseball and the NFL are closing the gap with B-plusses in the new Report Card. In MLB, Ozzie Guillen, a Latino manager, and Ken Williams, an African-American general manager, led the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 World Series title. And this season, Omar Minaya, a Latino GM, and Willie Randolph, an African-American manager, took the New York Mets to Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.
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