This weeks reading discusses race in sports, specifically in boxing and in Argentina. In chapter 7 of the book Sports Culture in Latin American History, they discuss how in the 1930s boxing was an up and coming sport in Columbia. The author notes that this growth of boxing in Columbia and all around Latin America is because many black boxers started to become popular. Antonio Cervantes, or better known as Kid Pambele was one of the most famous people in Columbia. He was a boxer that became their national champion and one of the most historic people from Columbian sports. The author goes on to talk about how most boxers, especially in the Caribbean grew up with very little and might of had a rough childhood. All the boxers he talks about are black and them being so made it harder for them to continue boxing and a lot had negative reputations because of their race. The Second reading is The Macaquitos Affairs. In Argentina back in the 1920s there was a clear dislike for Brazil. They were seen as inferior or a less classy people. This writing goes over the time when the Brazilian national soccer team came to face off in an exhibition match against the Argentina national team. It talks about how Argentina has a history of seeing other countries as inferior and seeing themselves as superior. Argentina especially looked down on Brazilians. European white supremacy was a very common thing in Argentina as well as in Europe. This led to Argentina thinking of themselves as the superior country in South America. The people on the Brazilian team were view as people from the elite. People that were way higher up than just the common folk in Brazil. But in Argentina it was the sports press that undermined Brazilians the most. Both readings showed how racist thinking and ideals affected people in Latin America. Boxing became very popular in Columbia because of the emergence of many black boxers including Kid Pambele. Then Argentina sports writers were discriminating against the Brazilian national team because of the perception they had on Brazil.

3 Thoughts on “Week 9

  1. Hey, Anthony!
    I really enjoyed reading chapter 7, and it seems like you did as well. It is crazy to think about the things these boxers had to go through during this time in their life, and the hardships they faced because of their skin color. I like how you mentioned how the author points out the race deal, and how it ruined reputations. I wonder how much it actually affected these boxer’s training. Maybe some were more focused on worrying about this race problem instead of actually boxing? I hope we read more about boxing, or just more physical sports in general. I really enjoyed your post!

  2. Hi Anthony,
    As Ramon mentioned, chapter 7 was a fun read indeed. The chapter sparked a Rocky Balboa vibe in me and gave me a sense of excitement. I’m reminded of the first movie where it was Apollo Creed vs Balboa, and how to Creed, beating Balboa and reaming Champion was not only a boost for his career and figure, but also a boost in the black community as it boosts their confidence and pride in the world.

  3. Hey Anthony, great job summarizing the articles. I read the other two articles for this week so it was great to learn what the other two readings said. I am very familiar with racism and sports in the US, but I was unaware that this was so common in other parts of the world as well. It is also very cool that it was black boxers that made boxing so popular in countries like Colombia.

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