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Xavier, Cincinnati and the issue of race

Originally Published: December 11, 2011
By Myron Medcalf | ESPN.com

I guess I'm wired this way. But my first thought about Saturday's Xavier-Cincinnati melee centered on race.

My initial response disregarded the pending suspensions or the blood spilled or the trash talk.

Instead, it was simply: "Dang, young black men fighting on national TV."

I wondered if other African-American viewers had the same reaction.

I thought about the social stigmas related to violence within the black community that were supported by the actions of ...

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