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Minority Mat Report

Over the years at SLAM! Wrestling, we have covered the troubling problem of racism in the world of professional wrestling in our "Minority Mat Report" investigative reports.

We have launched this subsection of SLAM! Wrestling to collect all of these groundbreaking reports, in order for readers to explore more about pro wrestling's history, and to honour those men and women who stood up against racism in the wrestling world.

By shedding light on this controversial topic, Minority Mat Report aims to help wrestling become a more welcoming environment for future wrestlers in the years to come.

Anyone with stories to tell can email us at MinorityMatReport@cinemasinner.com.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Aboriginal wrestlers didn't always dance to the same tune

By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
Aboriginal wrestlers over the years haven't always agreed on how their heritage should be portrayed and exploited for professional wrestling's gain. Some were comfortable with the headdress and the war dances, and others eschewed the cultural shortcut completely.
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    The rocky road of African-Americans in wrestling

    By BLAINE VAN DER GRIEND - SLAM! Wrestling
    Black History month is here, and just like Eli Whitney, Harriett Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. are recognized for their contributions, African-American professional wrestlers should also be recognized for breaking the color barrier in the wrestling business. But it wasn't easy.
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    Racial prejudice in wrestling: Sonny Onoo's story

    By BLAINE VAN DER GRIEND - SLAM! Wrestling
    Despite all the progress that's been made over the last century when it comes to equal human rights, racial prejudice may still exist in most professional sports, with wrestling being no exception. Former WCW manager Kazuo "Sonny" Onoo has certainly dealt with his fair share of prejudice.
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    Discrimination of South Asians has lessened through the years
    By BLAINE VAN DER GRIEND - SLAM! Wrestling
    Being a minority in the wrestling business is not easy; just like any other walk of life, what’s different is often mistreated. But that was never the case for Sonjay Dutt.
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    Discrimination was always a part of Chavo Guerrero Sr.'s life
    By BLAINE VAN DER GRIEND - SLAM! Wrestling
    The oldest Guerrero brother, Chavo Sr., is certainly no stranger to prejudice. In fact, he’s had to deal with it for most of his life. But Chavo is a warrior and despite all the direct and indirect attacks he’s had to deal with, he was able to overcome it and add to the contributions of his family in the wrestling business. But it wasn’t easy.
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    Anti-Semitism in wrestling: Paul Heyman's story
    By RANJAN CHHIBBER, Ph.D - SLAM! Wrestling
    Seeing the majestic structure of the United Nations in New York City, one can only be inspired by its shiny exterior of hope. With the colourful flags of the world and a beautiful globe structure, it seems to be a welcoming place. But when one enters it, a harsher reality of the world is seen: a large tent is placed outside, full of security and police officers, and everyone is subject to a security search that is far more thorough than one would experience in an airport. Despite that, the UN remains open to the public, in defiance of those who would wish it closed.
     The person accompanying me to the UN is perfectly suited to be in this building, as he is a man who has fought for cultural justice and racial harmony his whole life in an industry that is rife with intolerance and prejudice, against insurmountable odds. His name: Paul Heyman.
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    Minority Mat Report Editor: Ranjan Chhibber, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the Humanities and Pop Culture, Florida State College