Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk about It

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PublicAffairs, 2000 - Science - 387 pages
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In virtually every sport in which they are given opportunity to compete, people of African descent dominate. East Africans own every distance running record. Professional sports in the Americas are dominated by men and women of West African descent. Why have blacks come to dominate sports? Are they somehow physically better? And why are we so uncomfortable when we discuss this? Drawing on the latest scientific research, journalist Jon Entine makes an irrefutable case for black athletic superiority. We learn how scientists have used numerous, bogus "scientific" methods to prove that blacks were either more or less superior physically, and how racist scientists have often equated physical prowess with intellectual deficiency. Entine recalls the long, hard road to integration, both on the field and in society. And he shows why it isn't just being black that matters—it makes a huge difference as to where in Africa your ancestors are from.Equal parts sports, science and examination of why this topic is so sensitive, Taboois a book that will spark national debate.
  

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Contents

Breaking the Taboo on Race and Sports
3
The Education of Sir Roger
11
THE EVIDENCE
15
By the Numbers
17
The Most Level Playing Field
29
Natures Experiment The Kenyan Miracle
43
HISTORY OF RACE SCIENCE AND SPORTS
69
More Brains or More
71
The Scheming Flashy Trickness of Jews
198
NATURE OR NURTURE?
205
The Integration of Sports
207
The Sixties
218
Sports and IQ
232
Winning the Genetic Lottery
246
The Environmentalist Case Against Innate Black Superiority in Sports
272
WHAT ABOUT WOMEN?
293

Evolution of Great Athletes
81
Race Without Color The History of Human Differences
96
The Origins of Race Science
117
THE SEGREGATION AND INTEGRATION OF SPORTS
135
The Superiority of White Athletes
137
Jack Johnson in the Ring Against Jim Crow
151
American Eugenics
161
Jesse Owens and the German Race
172
A Knockout Blow to Race Science
188
The Superiority of White Female Athletes
295
East Germanys Sports Machine
305
The Renaissance of the Black Female Athlete
317
FINAL THOUGHTS
329
A Genteel Way to Say Nigger?
331
Acknowledgments
343
Notes
346
Index
375
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About the author (2000)

Jon Entine first became interested in the subject of black athletes when he produced a 1989 television special for Tom Brokaw on the subject. The long-time producer of NBC Nightly News, Entine has also written numerous articles, several of them major award-winners. He lives in Southern California.

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