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Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season

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Publisher Comments:

The National Basketball Association is a place where, without ever acknowledging it, white fans and black players enact and quietly explode virtually every racial issue and tension in the culture at large. In Black Planet, David Shields explores how, in a predominantly black sport, white fans--including especially himself--think about and talk about black heroes, black scapegoats, black bodies.

During the 1994-95 NBA season, Shields went to the Seattle SuperSonics' home games; watched their away games on TV; listened to interviews and call-in shows; talked, or tried to talk, to players, coaches, and agents; attended charity events; corresponded with members of the Sonics newsgroup on the Web. He kept a journal and over the next few years transformed that journal into this book, which is focused sharply on white spectators' relationship to black athletes, in particular Shields' own identification with Gary Payton, the team's language-besotted point-guard.

Through the apparently simple vehicle of a daily diary running from November 5, 1994 to May 5, 1995, and ranging from a dispute between two fans over the sale of a ticket to the national media frenzy surrounding Charles Barkley's jest "That's why I hate white people," David Shields confronts the nature of racism (including his own)--the otherness in ourselves that we project onto strangers. He takes us via sports passion deep into the American racial divide.

Synopsis:

A timely and provocative look at racial attitudes and perceptions as chronicled by a critically acclaimed author and avid basketball fan during his season-long close observation of a single NBA team.

About the Author

David Shields' previous books are Remote, Dead Languages, A Handbook for Drowning, and Heroes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780609604526
Subtitle:
Facing Race During an NBA Season
Author:
Shields, David
Publisher:
Crown
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Basketball
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Basketball - Professional
Subject:
Discrimination in sports
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
Basketball fans -- United States -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Basketball fans
Subject:
African American basketball players
Subject:
General Social Science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
19991019
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.43x5.75x.76 in. .80 lbs.

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict

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