Scientific American roasted for claiming football is racist after Damar Hamlin collapse

A recent Scientific American opinion was blasted on Twitter for using the cardiac arrest of NFL player Damar Hamlin to suggest that “football’s violence disproportionately affects Black men.”

Duke University anthropology professor Tracie Canada wrote a piece Friday headlined “Damar Hamlin’s Collapse Highlights the Violence Black Men Experience in Football,” during which she claimed, “The anti-Blackness of the system is inescapable.”

She wrote, “As a cultural anthropologist, I’ve spent the last decade learning how Black college football players navigate the exploitation, racism, and anti-Blackness that are fundamental to its current system.” 


Despite the article’s title, Canada later admitted, “I am not aware of research that compares the rate of injury between Black and white football players.”

Numerous personalities on Twitter scorched Scientific American for publishing such a piece. 

Sportswriter and show host Jason Whitlock lampooned the article’s very name, “The ‘terrifyingly ordinary’ stupidity of Twitter disproportionately affects the ‘Scientific’ American feed.”

American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Christina Hoff Sommers called out the Scientific American’s editor-in-chief, “Another absurd & incoherent article in the once-serious Scientific American. What gives @SciAm @laurahelmuth?”

Two former NFL players weighed in as well.

“I haven’t seen anyone troll the @TheBabylonBee this well,” former offensive tackle John Welbourn tweeted, while former offensive lineman Cory Procter offered his appraisal of the article, “Pure trash.”


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