Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2023

Department 1

Africana Studies


This paper examines the issue of media exploitation of Black athletes and its detrimental impact on their lives, careers, and public perception. It explores the historical context, underlying factors, and consequences of this exploitation, while also providing empowerment strategies and potential solutions. Through an analysis of media representation, athlete experiences, stereotyping, endorsement deals, and social media influence, this paper aims to raise awareness about the issues impacting Black athletes. Media exploitation of Black athletes is a problem that needs immediate attention, and this paper provides a detailed look into the athlete experience to better understand the issues at hand, in the hopes of creating a more inclusive and safe space for athletes to perform in.


Written for AFS 250: Black Bodies in American Sport

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