By Vernon L. Andrews
I’ve spent more than three decades studying the intersection of sports, race and culture, drawing parallels between race relations in sports arenas and racism across the country. As an academic, it is an area of study that fascinated me because I wanted to research our racial divides through an institution that unites us. As a Black man, I sought to understand why and how, in both sports and society, the rules of the game were consistently rigged against us. In sports, this can be career-ending. In society, it can be fatal.