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2.0 von 5 Sternen Don't let the title fool you, 21. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race (Taschenbuch)
This is a provocative text that explores the fetishizing of the Black athletic body but don't let the title fool you. This book does more to chastize Black ntellectuals for not delving into the topic as he has, while maintaining that to elevate athletic achievement as "artistic" is ridiculous and only is evidence of Black inability to critically interrogate the mechanisms that commidifiy and objectify the Black body in sports. Hoberman provides a detailed history of the scientific construction of race, and his historical detail is actually very helpful. But the reader should know that Hoberman spends more time putting blame on Black intellectuals AND the Black community for romanticizing the Black athlete, not pushing for the youth to achieve intellectually (which to him is more superior than athletic ability), and for being blinded by our faith to big-money ballers than to the sports industry who help to construct the myth of the Black athlete and make both a fetish and a profit zone of his or her body. The more I read it I began to notice that his tone was actually self-congratulory: in accusing the Black community, intellectuals in particular, he sets himself on a pedestal. His statements have somewhat of a judgemental, superior tone, that's condescending and at times implicitly racist regardless of whether that's what he intended. This book provoked a reaction out of me and I can only conclude that he's blaming the wrong people here.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Social stereotypes instead of Biological ones, 29. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race (Taschenbuch)
Is sport really to blame for the suffering of black people in the West? Of course the special success of black athletes has a lot to do with the negative realities of racist society. But it also has something to do with the strength of people who have faced adversity and not given up, or at least have the drive to try to secure for themselves a future. Society depends on such people, so is it really a bad thing that they become role models? The "Black Cause", insofar as it does or should exist, is not retarded each time a black athlete crosses the finish line. But it is retarded every time a teacher expects less from a black kid, or a rich black superstar suddenly becomes content with the status quo, or a writer makes money by replacing a false biological stereotype (and it is false, I've done the research Jon Entine failed to do) with an equally false social one.
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