All you need with baseball is a ball, dirt and a stick. All you need with basketball is a ball, dirt and a tree. So I disagree with conservative as to why soccer is or is not popular. It's not about poverty and access to materials. For that matter, it's easier to grab a stick and make a baseball than it is to conjure up a soccer ball. But I do think soccer is something that has not caught on in America, and I don't know if or when it will on the level of other sports. I do know that it's got a long way to go with me.
aae1049, unless you are black, you can't understand the "black experience" either. "Have a clue" is a gross overstatement, however. And it has nothing to do with being a "bleeding heart," which is simply another label you attach to people with whom you don't agree. Just because we can never fully understand how it is to be another gender, race, etc. does not mean we shouldn't try to understand and appreciate others' positions -- just as we hope they appreciate try to appreciate ours. And how much do we, as white people, actually examine or know our own histories? Because we've made up the majority, our history is often taken to be everyone's history. The truth is our history is the combination of everyone's history in our nation and the world. To quote the nephew of Byron de la Beckwith, whose uncle lived on Signal Mountain after he assassinated Medgar Evers, "it's not just your history -- it's our history." (link below). And to attack anyone for encouraging us each to examine our history is just another way to deny your own history. http://www.metropulse.com/news/2013/jun/05/remembering-medgar-evers-giving-thanks-civil-right/?print=1