Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race

by John Hoberman

DARWIN'S ATHLETES focuses on society's fixation with black athletic achievement. Hoberman argues that this obsession has come to play a troubling role in African American life and our country's race relations. Rich, flamboyant superstars lend credence to age-old prejudices, recycled "scientific" theories denigrating black intelligence, and stereotypes of black violence. This portrayal of black identity encourages a disdain for academic achievement already too widespread among black males. Darwin's Athletes is a powerful indictment of modern sport's racial spectacle.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780395822920
  • ISBN-10: 0395822920
  • Pages: 384
  • Publication Date: 11/03/1997
  • Carton Quantity: 28

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    DARWIN'S ATHLETES focuses on society's fixation with black athletic achievement. Hoberman argues that this obsession has come to play a troubling role in African American life and our country's race relations. Rich, flamboyant superstars lend credence to age-old prejudices, recycled "scientific" theories denigrating black intelligence, and stereotypes of black violence. This portrayal of black identity encourages a disdain for academic achievement already too widespread among black males. Darwin's Athletes is a powerful indictment of modern sport's racial spectacle.

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    "You should buy Darwin's Athletes . . . It's provocative, disturbing, important." The New York Times

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