|Photo Credit Black Ice**|
Racial slurs are nothing new for African-American hockey players. In 2001, Dr. Garth Vaughan wrote about the abuse of the crowds in early Canadian hockey history*:
While large crowds indicated general acceptance, newspaper accounts document that verbal abuse flourished with both crowds and journalists. Reporters were racist in attitude in the first couple of years, more respectful for a few years, and then reverted to racist reporting for a short while - finally ignoring Black games. There is nothing to gain by printing the epithets used, nevertheless, all common ones and some never imagined, appeared in the Maritime press.
To read the full article click on: The Colored Hockey Championship of the Maritimes
The rich history of African-Americans playing organized Canadian hockey has not been recognized. Is this the intellectual symbol equivalent to "throwing a banana" on the ice? In October of 2010 hockeyhistory.org posted the following post asking:
It is time for the hockey community to officially rocognize the Coloured Hockey League and bring the league and it's players into the main stream of hockey history! Proper respect and recognition is long overdue! To read the full post click on:
Black Ice Project: A Tribute to Early African-American Hockey History
Hockeyhistory.org renews its request for the hockey community to give the African-American contribution to the history of hockey in Canada the deserving credit. This is the first step in reducing the symbols of racism in hockey at every level.
*The Colored Hockey Championship of the Maritimes
by Dr. Garth Vaughan ©
Presented at “Putting it on Ice” World Hockey Conference, St. Mary’s University, Oct 3, 2001
** "Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League, 1895-1925" , written by Canadian historians, George and Darril Fosty (Stryker-Indigo, 2004)