I'm sorry guys, but I am just not buying it. It could be my wishful way of thinking, but I honestly don't think skin color changes the way one thinks any more than M&M color changes the way an M&M tastes. I know it may seem silly, but can it possibly be our culture that dictates what someone choses to do? For all I know, you guys may be right, but I chose to believe otherwise.
Saved me from typing it....ahhh who am I kidding, I nered to ad my 2 cents.
You can look individual sports teams and see one be nearly all white and one be nearly all black, even in sports where 1 race is more common.
Take football last weekend; it was pitsburg vs. new england. Are white people from new england better than black people from new england, or did there just happen to be, through socio-economic factors, more white people who were able to and had the talent to be pro football players. And you can do the reverse for pitsburg.
Is there a physical reason why there are way, way more white people playing hockey than black people? obviously not! Anyone who meets the physical requirements can excell at a sport whether it be hockey, football, or poker(okay, maybe poker isn't a sport, but you catch my drift).
The difference is where you grew up, what you were pushed into doing, what is popular at the time...social factors! It's all social factors! What were their parents watching? What did they grow up watching on tv? Was it football? hockey? Chances are they are going to pick up a football and play st some point if that was their dads faverite sport.
Let's use a wild, crazy, completely made up example that couldn't possibly happen in the real world. Let's pretend that as a percentage ratio there are alot more black people that can't afford to go to college. Let's pretend that if they do really well at a sport they may be able to get a scholarship and may be able to play the sport professionally, thus completely altering their economic situation. Now let's pretend for a second that somehow there are, on average, less white people who can't afford college. They like sports, but realize that the chances of going pro are slim and since daddy can afford good schooling, perhaps working really hard at math would be a better option. I know, it sounds impossible, but just pretend. This is by no means to be taken as the truth, but for an INDIVIDUAL CITY this could be a factor in how many people of any social or economic demograhpic you see in one sport. Have a city full of Russian immigrants? Perhaps you might end up with a few great hockey players. Have a city full of Canadians (like in Canada, for example
? same deal. A city with a huge little Italy? Chances are a bit higher than you might have some good soccer players (notice i said a bit higher, no gaurentees!).
Think of the whole thing like a deck of cards. Each suit is like a race. Let's say for the last 100 years diamonds have been playing alot of hockey (diamonds = canada). I built a island for 10/52 cards in a deck, and I plan to populate that island by shuffling the deck and randomly dropping 10 cards in. If i happened to get 6 diamonds, my chances are higher that one person in there might like, play, and excell at hockey.
Anyways, that's my two cents. I think all sports worldwide have a healthy mix of all races excelling at every sport. I think you see less/more based purely on socio-economic factors.
Once MMA has been mainstream for as long as hockey, football, boxing, and soccer, things will start to balance out based where people live and who is interested.