After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness
On November 19, 2004, a fight between NBA players Ron Artest and Ben Wallace escalated into a melee involving several other players and many fans. The “Palace Brawl,” writes David J. Leonard, was a seminal event, one that dramatically altered outside perceptions of the sport. With commentators decrying the hip hop or gangsta culture of players, the blackness of the NBA was both highlighted and disdained. This was a harsh blow to the league’s narrative of colorblindness long cultivated by Commissioner David Stern and powerfully embodied in the beloved figure of Michael Jordan. As Leonard demonstrates, the league viewed this moment as a threat needing intervention, quickly adopting policies to govern black players and prevent them from embracing styles and personas associated with blackness. This fascinating book discloses connections between the NBA’s discourse and the broader discourse of antiblack racism. Particular policy changes that seemed aimed at black players, such as the NBA dress code and the debate over a minimum age requirement, are explored.
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SMART BUSINESS OR INSUFFICIENT CHANGE?
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THUGS AND CRIMINALS7
HIPHOP TO BLAME FOR PALACE BRAWL
ACCOUNTABILITY AND PUNISHMENT
Age Restrictions and the Real Color of Money1
HISTORY OF AGE RESTRICTION
THE DRAFT AND CHILDREN PLAYING IN THE WRONG SAND BOX
CAUTIONARY TALES AND SAD STORIES
BIG BODIES AND SMALL BRAINSHEARTS
ITS A MANS GAME
MATURATION AND EDUCATION
SAVING AMERICAS BLACK YOUTH
A RACELESS ISSUE?
MODEL MINORITY DISCOURSE AS ANOTHER EXCEPTION
THE AMERICAN DREAM AND MERITOCRACY
A CRISIS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE AMERICAS ARENA
HYPOCRISY OR THE CONSISTENCY?
THE POLITICS OF RESPECTABILITY AND SELFHELP
THE DRESS CODE AND QUESTIONS OF AUTHENTICITY
THE NBA AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF BLACK BODIES
5 THE PALACE BRAWL AND THE COLORBLIND FANTASY
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN MELEE
THE CULTURE WARS
THE NBAS CULTURE WAR
FIVE YEARS LATER
LIST OF TITLES IN THE SUNY SERIES ON SPORT CULTURE AND SOCIAL RELATIONS
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