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Author Bryant, Howard, 1968- author.

Title The heritage : black athletes, a divided America, and the politics of patriotism / Howard Bryant.

Publication Info. Boston : Beacon Press, [2018]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  306.483 B841h 2018    ---  Axe Inventory 2022
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description xv, 272 pages ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-256) and index.
Contents Prologue: Here I stand -- Part one: Rise and fall -- Stick to sports -- The good Americans -- Juice -- Jump, man -- Part two: War games -- "Our way of life" -- The sanitation department -- Props -- Part three: the awakening -- Ferguson -- A seat at the table -- "Who is the patriot?" -- Epilogue: The peacemakers.
Summary "It used to be that politics and sports were as separate from one another as church and state. The ballfield was an escape from the world's worst problems, top athletes were treated like heroes, and cheering for the home team was as easy and innocent as hot dogs and beer. "No news on the sports page" was a governing principle in newsrooms. That was then. Today, sports arenas have been transformed into staging grounds for American patriotism and the hero worship of law enforcement. Teams wear camouflage jerseys to honor those who serve; police officers throw out first pitches; soldiers surprise their families with homecomings at halftime. Sports and politics are decidedly entwined. But as journalist Howard Bryant reveals, this has always been more complicated for black athletes, who from the start, were committing a political act simply by being on the field. In fact, among all black employees in twentieth-century America, perhaps no other group had more outsized influence and power than ballplayers. The immense social responsibilities that came with the role is part of the black athletic heritage. It is a heritage built by the influence of the superstardom and radical politics of Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos through the 1960s; undermined by apolitical, corporate-friendly 'transcenders of race, ' O.J. Simpson, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods in the following decades; and reclaimed today by the likes of LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, and Carmelo Anthony"--Book jacket flap.
Subject African American athletes -- History.
African American athletes -- Social conditions.
Sports -- Political aspects -- United States.
Sports -- Social aspects -- United States.
Discrimination in sports -- United States.
African American athletes. (OCoLC)fst00799025
African American athletes -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst00799026
Discrimination in sports. (OCoLC)fst00895130
Sports -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01130493
Sports -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01130525
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
African American athletes.
Sports -- Political aspects -- United States.
Sports -- Social aspects.
Discrimination in sports -- United States.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780807026991 (hardcover)
0807026999 (hardcover)
9780807027004 (ebook)
9780807038086 (paperback)
Standard No. 40028178182

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