Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season

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U of Nebraska Press, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 223 pages
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The National Basketball Association is a place where white fans and black players enact virtually every racial issue and tension in U.S. culture. Following the Seattle SuperSonics for an entire season, David Shields explores how, in a predominantly black sport, white fans?including especially himself?think about and talk about black heroes, black scapegoats, and black bodies. Critically acclaimed and highly controversial, Black Planet was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN USA Award, and was named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 1999 by Esquire, Newsday, Los Angeles Weekly, and Amazon.com.
  

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Review: Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

A highly readable account of modern basketball fandom. Shields' book covers the 1994-95 Sonics season. Sure he has a tendency to over-share, sure he reads between the race lines far too much, sure ... Read full review

Review: Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

David Shields' look into the 1994/95 Seattle Supersonics season is a very mixed bag that ultimately gets weighed down by its own ambitions. Shields wants us to know that racism and/or racial tension ... Read full review

Contents

America Upside Down
15
Everyone Else Is They
26
Proof of My Own Racism
53
The Beautiful and the Useful
73
Converting Our SelfLoathing to Hatred
97
History Is Just a Rumor Somewhere Out There
114
An Agony of Enthralldom
129
Can You Feel Now What Power Feels Like?
154
History Is Not Just a Rumor Somewhere Out There
175
The Space Between Us
198
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David Shields is the author of several other books, including the novels Dead Languages and Heroes (available in a Bison Books edition). His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper?s, and the Village Voice. Shields, a recent Guggenheim fellow, is a professor of English at the University of Washington. Gerald Graff is a professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His most recent books are Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind and (with Cathy Birkenstein) ?They Say/I Say?: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing.

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