By John Hoberman
Darwin's Athletes specializes in society's fixation with black athletic fulfillment. Hoberman argues that this obsession has come to play a troubling position in African American lifestyles and our country's race kin.
Rich, flamboyant superstars lend credence to age-old prejudices, recycled "scientific" theories denigrating black intelligence, and stereotypes of black violence. This portrayal of black id encourages a disdain for tutorial success already too common between black men.
Darwin's Athletes is a robust indictment of contemporary sport's racial spectacle.
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Darwin's Athletes: Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race by John Hoberman