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

by John Hoberman
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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.


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

About the book

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.

About the author
John Hoberman

Hoberman, the author of Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and Dehumanization of Sport, lives in Austin, Texas.

Reviews

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