OSU Psychologist Publishes Book on Colorblindness

Ohio State University Psychologist Philip Mazzocco has just published a new book which explores the topic of colorblindness, or people who claim to not see race. Mazzocco explores the fact that people with wildly different beliefs about race often share this belief in their colorblindness. The book is titled “The Psychology of Racial Colorblindness: A Critical Review.”

In his book, Mazzocco outlines a new model of what it means to be racially colorblind in today’s society. He disentangles the different meanings and comes up with four categories of colorblindness: protectionist, egalitarian, antagonistic and visionary.

Mazzocco doesn’t believe that any type of racial colorblindness is good for society, although some of the four types are clearly more offensive than others. The model for his book uses whites as the example, but the theory could be applied to anyone. The fact that these different varieties have been lumped together helps explain why research findings on the issue have been so contradictory, according to Mazzocco.

Most participants in Mazzocco’s initial study claimed to be racially colorblind – only about 27 percent said they weren’t. The egalitarian group was the largest at 29 percent, followed by protectionist at 20 percent, visionary at 18 percent and antagonistic at 7 percent.

The fact that nearly three-quarters of Americans claim to be colorblind is a problem, Mazzocco said, because claiming you don’t see race is “a conversation ender.”

“One of the implications of racial colorblindness is that we’re not going to have a discussion about the topic. You can have two people who say they’re colorblind, one of the visionary variety and one of the antagonistic variety, with wildly different sets of belief,” he said.

“But they may think they have similar viewpoints and therefore believe that many people share their opinions. If they had a true conversation, they may find out their views aren’t so common and they might need to consider other opinions.”

Mazzocco said colorblindness of any variety is harmful because it does not recognize the myriad problems minorities face in our society.

OSU Will Premiere “The Buckeye Bullet” Jesse Owens’ Bio Pic “Race”

Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history and being thrust onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy, “Race” is a film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend. MPAA-rated “PG-13,” the movie will be released nationwide by Focus Features on Friday, Feb. 19.

“Race” is partially set during Owens’ time at Ohio State, with Jason Sudeikis portraying Owens’ real-life coach Larry Snyder. As his alma mater, Ohio State recognizes and continues to celebrate the legacy of Jesse Owens and his impact on the community and the world. Ohio State probably has more facilities and events named for him than any other university – including the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, where a statue of the man with his four Olympic medals greets athletes and spectators.

The Ohio State University, the collegiate home of legendary track and field star Jesse Owens, will host a red-carpet preview screening of “Race,” a new movie about the iconic athlete, on Monday, Feb. 15. Actor Stephan James, who stars as Owens in the film, and two of Owens’ daughters – Marlene Owens Rankin and Gloria Owens Hemphill – will participate in daylong activities celebrating the gold medal champion.

In addition, many artifacts from the university’s Jesse Owens Collection will be on display in the Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Mall. The collection includes papers, photographs and artifacts that pertain to Owens’ athletic career, his business interests, his philanthropic activities, and his personal life. Ohio State President Michael V. Drake said the event is important to the university, stating “It is fitting that we would host this screening at Jesse’s alma mater, where he still holds the record for the outdoor 100-meter dash and is one of Ohio’s most accomplished athletes.

National Champions! No. 1 Ohio State Claims Second-Consecutive National Title

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye sports news from OSU.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The No. 1 Ohio State rowing team won its second-consecutive NCAA Championship Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park, totaling 126 points after claiming individual national titles in the first and second varsity eights and a seventh-place overall finish in the first varsity four.

California finished second overall with 118 points, while Brown earned 116 points for a third-place finish. Stanford (110 points) and Virginia (105 points) rounded out the Top 5 teams.

The Buckeyes, who now have seven Top 5 team finishes at the NCAA Championships, become the fifth team overall to win consecutive national titles and the first since Brown (2007-08). With gold medal finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight, Ohio State now holds five individual national titles, the fourth-highest total in NCAA rowing history, also becoming the fourth team in NCAA history to win both events at the national regatta in the same year.

The first varsity four began the final day of racing for the Buckeyes, competing in the Petite Final against Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Princeton. The crew of Sarah Kessler, Anna Ralph, Anna Gackowski, Katie Beletskaya and coxswain Sarah Asad sounded the horn in first place with a time of 7:53.05, placing ahead of Michigan (7:55.68) and Indiana (7:56.66) to grant the boat a seventh-place overall finish and collect a crucial 16 points toward the team championship total.

The second varsity eight took to the course next, becoming the first team since Brown (2003-04) and the third team overall to claim consecutive national titles in the second varsity eight event. The crew of Daphne Socha, Chloe Meyer, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Meghan Birkbeck, Anne Dietrich, Katie King, Taylore Urban and coxswain Sami Jurofsky crossed the line in 6:59.43, finishing in front of second-place Princeton (7:02.02) and third-place Virginia (7:02.69) and amassing 44 points to propel the Buckeyes into first place overall with only one Grand Final race remaining.

The first varsity eight of Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur secured the national title for Ohio State, finishing the season with a perfect record (12-0) after crossing the line first in 6:44.48, a length over second-place Brown (6:48.47) and third-place California (6:48.51). With the win, the first varsity eight claimed its first ever individual national title and became the second-consecutive Buckeye crew to finish a season with a perfect record as the second varsity eight did so (12-0) in 2013.


Jody Victor

2nd Annual Ohio State Four-Miler Set For Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye sports news from OSU.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Four-Miler, which debuted in 2013 with a sold-out field of 10,000 runners and walkers, will return to the Ohio State campus on Sept. 21, 2014, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and IMG College announced today.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will start outside of Ohio Stadium and take participants on a four-mile tour of the Ohio State campus before finishing on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Four-Miler Post-Race Tailgate Party will be held outside Ohio Stadium after the race.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will be limited to 12,000 runners and walkers. Last year’s event sold out at 10,000.

Registration for this year’s Ohio State Four-Miler is open at www.ohiostatefourmiler.com. An early registration fee of $45 for the general public and $40 for Ohio State students is good through June 15.

“The overwhelming response and success of the inaugural Ohio State Four-Miler was a direct reflection for the love of Ohio State sports and the desire to celebrate fitness,” said Ray DeWeese, General Manager of IMG Sports Marketing. “We look forward to growing this event in 2014, and allowing even more runners and walkers to fulfill their dream of running across Ohio Stadium’s 50-yard line.”

Kroger, 10TV and Roosters are Presenting Sponsors of the Ohio State Four-Miler.

A portion of the proceeds of the Ohio State Four-Miler will benefit the Urban and Shelley Fund For Cancer Research, a general cancer research support fund dedicated to advancing cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will begin at 9 a.m. Former Ohio State athletes, including football and basketball players including Scoonie Penn, Raymont Harris, Anthony Schlegel, William White, Justin Zwick, J.J. Sullinger and Dimitrious Stanley; Brutus Buckeye; Ohio State cheerleaders and others will participate.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will be produced by the Ohio State Department of Athletics; IMG College, the university’s multimedia rights partner; the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer; and M3S Sports.

“I hope you join us and became part of the winning team in the fight against cancer,” said Lisa Cisco, founder of the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer. “It is a powerful feeling of hope when Buckeye Nation unites for a common cause …. together we can make a difference!”

Runners and walkers will receive an Ohio State-themed technical race shirt a must-have Buckeye-themed Official Finisher’s Medal. The 2013 medal featured an iconic image of Ohio Stadium.

“We are honored again to partner with Ohio State, IMG and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer to produce a four-mile event that celebrates the healthy and active lifestyle,” said David Babner, race director for M3S Sports. “We look forward to a bigger and better event for our participants in 2014.”

Buckeye Greats who appeared at the last year’s Ohio State Four-Miler included Scoonie Penn, Bobby Carpenter, Dimitrious Stanley, Matt Finkes, William White, Justin Zwick, Ryan Miller, and JJ Sullinger.


Jody Victor