How ‘Race-Norming’ was Built into the NFL Concussion Settlement

How ‘race-norming’ was built into

CHANDLER, Ariz. — At first glance, Rick Cunningham looksalmost as formidable at 54 as he did during his playing days, according to the Washington Post.

As the 6-foot-7, 270-pound former offensive tackle led a visitor into his home recently, the only visible sign that eight seasons in the National Football League inflicted any lasting damage was Cunningham’s deliberate gait, caused by chronic pain in knees surgically repaired nine times and hips that need replacing, according to the story.

Later on, the article reads:

The doctor had failed to apply the appropriate “racial corrections,” the league argued, to scores on several tests of Cunningham’s cognitive function — a practice known in neuropsychology as “race-norming.” The doctor had curved some of Cunningham’s scores as if he were White. Had the doctor applied “African-American normative corrections,” the NFL’s lawyer argued, Cunningham would not have qualified for a payment.

Read the full story from the Washington Post.

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