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Old 10-12-2008, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

I was thinking about it yesterday and I noticed virtually no people of African American race play Hockey. They are well and equally represented in every other team sport, except hockey. Why is this?
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

something about white guys with sticks turns them off.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:57 PM   #3
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

I was thinking exactly the same thing...
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:57 PM   #4
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

They don't make skates that big.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:58 PM   #5
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

Chris Rock covered this in an SNL sketch, "The Dark Side With Nat X." He had a Top 5 list, "because the man won't let a brother have a whole Top 10 list."

It also had Kevin Bacon appearing as Vanilla Ice.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:58 PM   #6
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

This is generalizing, but aside from cultural/fad differences, there's the cost thing. You can't exactly put on a shirt and find a ball to play ice hockey.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:59 PM   #7
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

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This is generalizing, but aside from cultural/fad differences, there's the cost thing. You can't exactly put on a shirt and find a ball to play ice hockey.
I'm glad I didn't have to say this.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:59 PM   #8
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

It's an expensive sport to play. Skates, stick, ice rink time aren't cheap. The fact is blacks as a group tend to have a lower socioeconomic status than other races.

There's not much encouragement either from their peers. There has been success promoting lacrosse recently in Harlem, though. Charitable programs such as that would be a good start.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:01 PM   #9
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It's an expensive sport to play. Skates, stick, ice rink time aren't cheap. The fact is black as a group tend to have a lower socioeconomic status than other races. There's not much encouragement either from their peers.
Glad I didn't have to get into the specifics.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:15 PM   #10
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

Found a transcript of the SNL sketch.

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All right now, it's time for the Top 5. Why 5? 'Cause 10 would make the Man nervous. Tonight's the Top 5 Reasons Brothers don't play hockey. Reason #5: It's cold out there; Reason #4: They scared to get their gold tooth knocked out; Reason #3: Don't want to be around white guys with sticks; Reason #2: Don't want to be around a white guy with a mask; and the #1 Reason Black Guys Don't Play Hockey: Don't feel the need to dominate yet another sport. And that's the Top 5 - that's all I could get from Whitey at this time.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:18 PM   #11
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

Chris Rock is funny, but I find it rather disturbing that people are taking a comedian's jokes as gospel truth on how society functions.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:20 PM   #12
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

The same reason Jamaican's don't bobsled.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:20 PM   #13
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It's an expensive sport to play. Skates, stick, ice rink time aren't cheap. The fact is blacks as a group tend to have a lower socioeconomic status than other races.

There's not much encouragement either from their peers. There has been success promoting lacrosse recently in Harlem, though. Charitable programs such as that would be a good start.
A lot of black people play football...isn't that an expensive sport?
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:21 PM   #14
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Because they can play the other sports and make way more money
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:30 PM   #15
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Default Why don't more African Americans play Hockey?

Most black teenagers wouldn't be caught dead riding around town in the back of their mom's minivan.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:31 PM   #16
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In general black folks don't like water, almost as much as they don't like cold.

Ice? It's like a double whammy of do not want.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:36 PM   #17
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Black people are hydrophobic?
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:39 PM   #18
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They never make it through the process.

Hockey people take stuff too literal. Black people keep talking about axing people and the hockey decision makers figure they're ax murderers.




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Old 10-12-2008, 01:45 PM   #19
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Hockey is an expensive sport. I believe white people have the privilege of inheriting some $ from grandparents to afford the sport, black people for decades where slaves and inherited nothing. It will just be matter of time before black people start playing hockey.
there are no hockey rinks around black communities either.
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This is generalizing, but aside from cultural/fad differences, there's the cost thing. You can't exactly put on a shirt and find a ball to play ice hockey.
I'm glad I didn't have to say this.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:47 PM   #21
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It's an expensive sport to play. Skates, stick, ice rink time aren't cheap. The fact is blacks as a group tend to have a lower socioeconomic status than other races.

There's not much encouragement either from their peers. There has been success promoting lacrosse recently in Harlem, though. Charitable programs such as that would be a good start.
A lot of black people play football...isn't that an expensive sport?
Around here, the leagues for football provided the equipment.

The leagues for hockey did not provide your equipment.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:53 PM   #22
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It's an expensive sport to play. Skates, stick, ice rink time aren't cheap. The fact is blacks as a group tend to have a lower socioeconomic status than other races.

There's not much encouragement either from their peers. There has been success promoting lacrosse recently in Harlem, though. Charitable programs such as that would be a good start.
A lot of black people play football...isn't that an expensive sport?
All it takes is a ball.

I think it's a cultural thing, hockey just isn't big in black culture.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:55 PM   #23
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For fuck's sake, it's BLACK.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:56 PM   #24
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For fuck's sake, it's BLACK.
I find that offensive.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:58 PM   #25
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Because they can play the other sports and make way more money
NHL players make more money than NFL players...
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