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RE: Why is it A BIG DEAL the Jeremy Wariner is white?

Oh Brother wrote:

We're talking about US sprints. What does female distance runners have anything to do with anything?


further, i don't think the original poster is racist by any means. it is an "arguable" fact that black athletes have a stronger propensity towards sprints (i.e. are faster over shorter distances)... i think there have been studies, but i'm not prepared to quote any. looking at it in that light, it is surprising that a thin little white guy beat a couple of ripped black guys (and yes, size has also historically been deciding factor in whether or not one is a good sprinter) over 400m. so if i'd have phrased my shock by saying a thin guy one the 400m, would you call me prejudiced towards the muscularly-ripped-challenged (p.c. for thin)? if not, you're admitting that it's the unusual nature of a particular type of body (white and thin) winning that race that has most of us amazed, and not our rampant racism.

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