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New study from Morgan State explores how black female athletes navigate racism and sexism to excel

New study from Morgan State explores how black female athletes navigate racism and sexism to excel

Christina Epps represented Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, finishing 15th in the triple jump, as well as the Pan American Games (seventh) and the track and field indoor world championship (10th, 2016). She is the only Olympian in her alma mater Coppin State’s history.

And yet the “biggest thing” in her career is that some feel that she’s not feminine enough.

“People have called me a tomboy,” she said. “I just view myself as an athlete. I go out there to compete, not to look pretty.”

Examining how racist and sexist behavior demeans black female athletes is both timely and a long time coming to Jacqueline Jones.

The assistant dean and chairman of the...

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