By David J. Leonard
Commodified and Criminalized examines the centrality of recreation to discussions of racial ideologies and racist practices within the twenty first century. It disputes customary refrains of racial growth, arguing that athletes sit down in a contradictory place masked through the logics of latest racism and dominant white racial frames. individuals speak about athletes starting from Tiger Woods and Serena Williams to Freddy Adu and Shani Davis.Through dynamic case stories, Commodified and Criminalized unpacks the dialog among black athletes and colorblind discourse, whereas not easy the assumptions of up to date activities tradition. The individuals during this provocative assortment push the dialog past the taking part in box and past the racial panorama of activities tradition to discover the connections among activities representations and a broader historical past of racialized violence.
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Capitalizing on narratives already in place—and particularly narratives that America loves to consume through sport—Woods’s entry into professional golf was cast as an event of national magnitude. Consumer identification was invited and secured by cloaking Woods in a swathe of overtly patriotic sentiment: He was vaunted as an emblem of racial progress, a righter of wrongs à la foundational figures such as Jackie Robinson and Arthur Ashe. Indeed, the extraordinary proliferation of allusions to Jackie Robinson surrounding Tiger underscore the sort of pleasures promised to American consumers.
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128). Implicit in this uncritical stance toward racial inequity is the acceptance of “certain culturally sanctioned assumptions, myths and beliefs” underlying the racial order (p. 128). The notion of sincere fictions employed by Feagin and Vera (1995) helps to explain the integral role played by myths in sustaining white racism while obscuring how the terms of racism have shifted. Whether scholars refer to scientific racism, the new cultural racism, or commodity racism, I argue that the dynamics of white racism continue to operate through the mechanism of sincere fictions, as suggested by Feagin and Vera.
Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports (Perspectives on a Multiracial America) by David J. Leonard