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The black is a better athlete?

| July 9, 2012

Michael Johnson, the 4-time Olympic Gold Medal winning sprinter, is standing by his assertion that black athletes have a “speed gene” that makes them superior in competition when it comes to sports, and its effect has been enhanced as a result of their slave history. But Jon Entine, author of “Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It,”   says while Johnson may be intuitively correct–blacks, whites and Asians do have different body types as a result of evolution and genetics–the so-called sped gene and the slave-bred black super athlete are myths.

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