We at the Color of Hockey are dedicated to chronicling what it’s like for minority players in a majority-white sport.
But what about the flip side? What’s it like to be a white athlete in a sport dominated by minority players?
ESPN’s The Undefeated, a platform dedicated to the intersection of race and sports, explores the question in a wonderful read by Marc J. Spears on the paucity of American-born white players in the National Basketball Association.
There used to be lots of white American NBA stars – Larry Bird, “Pistol” Pete Maravich, John Havlicek, Bill Walton, Jerry West, “Thunder” Dan Majerle, Kevin McHale. Today, not so much.
Anyway, take the time and give The Undefeated article a read. Then come back to hockey.