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Sports and the American Ideal

by Jonathan Zimmerman - April 25, 2007

Let’s be clear: nobody deserves the hateful vitriol that the Rutgers and Duke athletes have received. But nobody deserves to get into college just because they can run or jump or shoot, either. Even as we fight to curb racism and sexism from our society, then, we might pause to consider the unjust advantages that athletes hold over us all.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 25, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14370, Date Accessed: 1/16/2021 1:25:26 AM

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  • Jonathan Zimmerman
    New York University
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    JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN teaches history and education at New York University. He is the author of Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century (Harvard University Press).
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