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

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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.

About John Hoberman

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Hoberman, the author of Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and Dehumanization of Sport, lives in Austin, Texas.
Published November 3, 1997 by Mariner Books. 384 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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(The late Arthur Ashe founded an organization of sports professionals to mentor talented young black athletes and broaden their sense of options beyond a big pro sports payday and celebrity, a fact of which Hoberman seems to be unaware.) Hoberman is most compelling, however, in his wide-ranging s...

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Tackling an issue rarely broached by black or white commentators, Hoberman argues that the traumatic history of America has led blacks to prize athleticism so much that it substitutes for other achiev

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