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Tales of hate and inspiration

In a time where there is still too much prejudice in sports, some stories remind us of the value of personal conviction.

Updated: December 1, 2004, 3:01 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to Page 2

Sometimes, little-noticed incidents can tell us a great deal about a bigger picture. When those incidents take place in the world of sports, they often appear in the media and become magnified. Several recent events make it apparent that hate still has a place in sports. Other episodes, meanwhile, should inspire us to continue to build bridges across the racial divide.

In the ugliest of recent incidents, 18-year-old Joseph Tusan, an African-American football player, was killed in East ...

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