This weeks readings were very similar with one another, involving race and identity. One reading was in chapter 7 of the book Sports Culture in Latin American History. Our reading in chapter 7 was very catchy and interesting to me, due to it being related to boxing. The chapter started off describing Andres Escobar, a national figure on the Colombian national soccer- team, and his violent death. I was unaware it was going to start off this way, but it definitely eye-opening. Chapter 7 was about boxing in the early 1900’s, mainly the 1930’s, consisting of certain black boxers, and their role of growing the sport. One boxer was Antonio Cervantes, or as others would call him “Kid Pambele”, who was a very popular person in Columbia. Boxing was growing, especially on the coast, where famous boxers such as Jose “Chocolate Cartagenero” Carreazo and Jose “Kid Dunlop” were produced. Cervantes was Columbia’s first boxing national champion, keeping the title for almost a decade. Race was involved throughout this chapter regarding the hardships black boxers had to go through. Being called names, and overcoming obstacles because of one’s race was tough for these fighters. Mid-chapter it talked about the physical nature of national identity and movement in nations. For example, it says “Today, more Puerto Ricans live outside Puerto Rico than on the island, breaking down an old association of the national with the insular.”, and  how the palenqueros identity cannot be quantified demographically.

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  1. Hey Ramon! Although I did not read these chapters, I can tell through your summary that the racial implications and oppressive tools present within boxing are equally as prominent within the history and culture of Latin American nations as well as North America. As discussed in previous classes and blog posts, Muhammed Ali is the most iconic representation of a black boxer having to continually battle the discriminatory and oppressive tools of his sport’s organization, other boxers and clubs, the media, and the public themselves. Although he ultimately proved to be both physically and ideologically stronger than his countless opponents, it is vital in understanding the additional challenges faced by Black athletes throughout global history and how it has caused their legacies to become so incomparable and historically relevant.

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