A Beautiful Game Gone Bad: Race and the World Cup, Part 2

Note: This is the second article in a two-part series.  Part 1, which was posted Friday, can be found here. By NAVID FARNIA In Part 1, I explored how the concentration of wealth is crucial to the racial politics surrounding Brazil’s World Cup.  The Brazilian government is using the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer … Continue reading

A Beautiful Game Gone Bad: Race and the World Cup, Part 1

Note: This article is the first in a two-part series.  Part 2 will appear on Sunday. By NAVID FARNIA The 2014 FIFA World Cup concludes this Sunday when Argentina and Germany face off in the Final.  Brazil’s World Cup has been a lightning rod both on and off the pitch.  Brazilian protests against immense government … Continue reading

DeSean Jackson and America’s Gang Hysteria

By NAVID FARNIA Who do you know?  Who did you grow up with?  Who are your friends?  Who are your affiliates? DeSean Jackson had to deal with these questions after news came out that his employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, were looking to trade or release him.  The Eagles eventually released the wide receiver, and he … Continue reading

Richard Sherman and America’s War on “Thugs”

By NAVID FARNIA Last week, I read an article in Esquire entitled “The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American N****r” (asterisks added by me), which was written by Black writer, producer and director John Ridley and published in November 2006.  Championing figures like Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, Ridley argues that “ascendant” Blacks should … Continue reading

Mindless Misogyny in Men’s Sports

By NAVID FARNIA This April, a video surfaced showing Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing players during practice.  In the video, Rice threw basketballs at players when they made mistakes, and he repeatedly pushed them around.  He also routinely used sexist and homophobic slurs to insult players.  A media firestorm subsequently … Continue reading