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Abstract

As is true of society in general, untrue stereotypes underlie the subtle forms of racism prevalent in college sport. Despite its covert nature, persistent racism in college athletics inflicts real injury on its African-American participants. Their academic needs suffer as a result of misconceptions propelled by myths concerning their intellectual and athletic abilities. Long-term solutions to the harm inflicted upon student- athletes and other African-American participants in college sport will require honest and creative approaches that may transcend traditional doctrinal boundaries. In the short term, this Article identifies potential approaches for providing some modicum of relief for the harm caused by racism. Some of these theories suggest new ways of utilizing traditional doctrines. Whatever the mechanism employed, racial justice for African-American participants in college sport will remain elusive, absent recognition of the role of racism.

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