A Scientific American opinion piece recently took to Twitter to use NFL player Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest to argue that “football violence disproportionately affects black men.”
Tracy Canada, an anthropology professor at Duke University, wrote an article Friday titled “Damar Hamlin’s downfall highlights black men’s violence in football,” in which she claimed that “the anti-blackness of the system is inescapable.”
He wrote, “As a cultural anthropologist, I have spent the last decade studying how black college football players learn to combat the exploitation, racism, and anti-blackness that is central to the current system.”
Despite the article’s title, Canada later admitted, “I’m not aware of any studies comparing injury rates between black and white players.”
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Many Twitter personalities blasted Scientific American for publishing such a piece.
Sportswriter and show host Jason Whitlock captioned the article, “Twitter’s ‘Horrifyingly Simple’ Stupidity Disproportionately Affects ‘Scientific’ American Feed.”
Christina Hoff Sommers, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, called out Scientific American’s editor-in-chief: “Another sloppy and incoherent article in the once serious Scientific American. What does @SciAm give to @laurahelmuth?”
Two former NFL players also weighed in.
“I’ve never seen anyone troll @TheBabylonBee so well,” wrote former offensive lineman John Welburn, while former offensive lineman Corey Procter called the article “pure garbage.”
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Many commentators on Twitter have pointed out the obvious demographics in football.
Outkick content creator Dan Zaksheske tweeted: “Now take up hockey, a sport where fighting on a giant ice cube is practically legal and highly encouraged, and 93% white players make some of the money.”
“I can assure you white people lined up miles to get into this league,” sports commentator TJ Joe tweeted. “As far as this ‘disproportionately affecting black men’ goes, it’s only because black men are taking the seats white men want. This article is pure garbage.”
National Review Online senior writer Dan McLaughin wrote: “There is evidence that too many black players work on NFL teams.”
The Washington Post published a similar article the same day, tweeting: “Karen Attia’s Opinion: ‘Players’ Lives, Especially Black Players’ Lives Are At Risk As NFL Delays Major Change.’
Stephen L. Miller, editor of The Spectator, took note of The Post’s tweet, saying, “Scientific American has beaten them by 45 minutes so far.”