I posted this in another thread about a book on why Blacks don't play soccer in the US. As it may have not been the right place for the discussion and was told that another thread may have been appropriate I wanted to start a new thread in which a disscusion could be started below is the post that I oringinal posted. I haven't read the full thread or don't know if these points were picked up or pointed out but it's something that I was thinking about the other day as it relates to race in the world. I wanted to discuss these sterotypes that seem to come up in the world and seem to be prevalent on these boards as it pertains to black or african players you see alot of post of said player is lazy, doesn't work for the team, fast or athletic, never has I seen a post of said african or black usa player technique is amazing he has a great football brain or he see's the game in cerebral light. Why? In business as in the world I deal with these issues as african american man, as if to say I'm talented or lucky not that I worked hard or payed my dues. Or if in business or sport I know that I'm good at something it's I or said player is arrongant or cocky and others want bring you down a peg. I see no difference in the way a player like Mario Balotelli carries himself compared to a Cristino Ronaldo or Leo Messi but opinions of those players are much more favorable in the media and by fans is it race or am I imagining this. I would like a have a frank discussion in this football soccer forum no racist comments please just real talk on the issue and if as humans we may be able get past these little sterotypes one day so maybe my kids can play the game and be thought of as the smartest guy on the pitch not just the the luckiest or most athletic.