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

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HMH, Nov 3, 1997 - Social Science - 384 pages
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A “provocative, disturbing, important” look at how society’s obsession with athletic achievement undermines African Americans (The New York Times).

Very few pastimes in America cross racial, regional, cultural, and economic boundaries the way sports do. From the near-religious respect for Sunday Night Football to obsessions with stars like Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, and Michael Jordan, sports are as much a part of our national DNA as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But hidden within this reverence—shared by the media, corporate America, even the athletes themselves—is a dark narrative of division, social pathology, and racism.
 
In Darwin’s Athletes, John Hoberman takes a controversial look at the profound and disturbing effect that the worship of sports, and specifically of black players, has on national race relations. From exposing the perpetuation of stereotypes of African American violence and criminality to examining the effect that athletic dominance has on perceptions of intelligence to delving into misconceptions of racial biology, Hoberman tackles difficult questions about the sometimes subtle ways that bigotry can be reinforced, and the nature of discrimination.
 
An important discussion on sports, cultural attitudes, and dangerous prejudices, Darwin’s Athletes is a “provocative book” that serves as required reading in the ongoing debate of America’s racial divide (Publishers Weekly).
 

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User Review  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

Quite an interesting discussion of the role of race in sports, and the role of sports in race relations. The author challenges some of the conventional wisdom about racial integration in sports, and ... Read full review

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Quite an interesting discussion of the role of race in sports, and the role of sports in race relations. The author challenges some of the conventional wisdom about racial integration in sports, and ... Read full review

Contents

I Shooting Hoops Under the Bell Carve
II Prospero and Caliban Sport as Racial Competition
III Dissecting John Henry The Search for Racial Athletic Aptitude
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John Hoberman is the author of Mortal Engines: The Science of PerformanceandDehumanization of Sport and Darwin’s Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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