Sports Broadcasters Could be Racist in Describing Black Quarterbacks, Journal Article says

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The way that sports broadcasters describe black quarterbacks in the National Football League (NFL) could be racist, professors claimed in a recent journal article:

In two scholarly articles, Patrick Ferrucci, a journalism professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Edson Tandoc, a professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, assert there’s a bias in how broadcasters and journalists describe black quarterbacks and that the descriptions fall along racial lines.

These stereotypes, according to the scholars, have been adopted by observers and influence how they perceive professional quarterbacks.

In “The Spiral of Stereotyping: Social Identity Theory and NFL Quarterbacks” and “Race and the Deep Ball: Applying Stereotypes to NFL Quarterbacks,” Ferrucci and Tandoc argue the stereotypes used to describe black and white quarterbacks fall within a “brains-versus-brawn dichotomy.”