Encore Box:Discover This Discovery Channel’s 27 Member Cycling Team for Tour De France Has No African Americans

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Updated: July 29, 2007

Originally Published:01/27/06 DISCOVER THIS DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S 27 MEMBER CYCLING TEAM FOR TOUR DE FRANCE HAS …. NO AFRICAN AMERICANS

TEAM’S “ALL WHITE” JERSEY

We are now

in the Post Lance Armstrong Era

of American Bicycle Racing

but it’s still the …

SameOle SameOle

BLACKS NEED NOT APPLY

Bicycle racing which began more than a century ago with African Americans playing a very prominent role like so many others is now an ALL White Sport. If you don’t realize how Bad that makes our 21st century world and in its own way far worse than the Bad Old Days …

Consider this …

Discovery Channel which sponsors the multi-million dollar USA Bike Team that competes in ALL the major races Worldwide most notable the Tour de France has no problem mounting a blistering no stops barred publicity campaign to introduce the NEW team without any concern whatsoever that this very large 27 member team plus its managers and staff is as WHITE as pure snow.

Here we have a major cable media channel owned by an even far larger media conglomerate that sees no Problem and obviously everywhere else in the media but here at BASN has NO problem promoting and glorifying as a great example of America at its Best in Sports ….

an all WHITE team

representing USA

around the World

without Apologizing

to Anyone

Listen to this Crock from

Discovery’s CEO …

“The continued partnership between the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team and Discovery Communications allows us to bring our important values of excellence, perseverance and exploration to our global audience,” said Judith A. McHale, president and CEO, Discovery Communications, Inc.

And you won’t find The New York Times, any public officials, let alone cycling officials or God forbid the Tour de France itself in any way criticizing or even making note of the fact this large team is ALL white.

If we lived in a Parallel Universe

where America was truly Fair

to All

We would not force Discovery Channel to have African Americans on the Team no that would be “wrong” but if the team was ALL white year after year after year without even Discovery Channel conceding it will make an effort to find and if necessary develop African American racing cyclists ..

if they did not even acknowledge

the complete exclusion of African Americans

In this Parallel Universe we obviously do not inhabit the Discovery Channel would suffer significant loss of Goodwill and damaged credibility for highlighting and glorifying the fact it ALWAYS fields an ALL white cycling Team USA.

Today’s Box is brief

because we’ve said

all that needs to be Said

and Discovery Channel

certainly doesn’t

deserve more.

Whenever you want to reach us with comments or better yet an idea for a topic for the Box ……. blackbox@blackathlete.net

TEAM MANAGER JOHN BRAINER ‘ SO WHAT IF THERE ARE NO AFRICAN AMERICANS ON THE USA TEAM ‘