The dressing-room is where we change everything but racism

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The dressing-room is where we change everything but racism

Yet SA still produces outstanding black athletes despite these unfriendly spaces

Sports reporter

As black sports journalists, especially in rugby and cricket, we’ve often had to justify why black players deserve consistent opportunities at the highest level in formal and informal conversations.

Some of these conversations have been uncomfortable, fraught with tension and at times laced with expletives. Even among our own peers, family and friends, we’ve had to explain this over and over.

Sometimes, we’ve been accused of not batting for our own, while our white colleagues are often seen to defend white players at the first drop in form. It’s true we have cognitive and preemptive biases, but that’s where professionalism falls out of the window. Can we honestly say we’re objective when we’re quick to defend some players and just as quick to castigate others, especially along colour lines?..

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