By David J. Leonard
On November 19, 2004, a struggle among NBA gamers Ron Artest and Ben Wallace escalated right into a melee related to a number of different gamers and plenty of fanatics. The “Palace Brawl,” writes David J. Leonard, was once a seminal occasion, person who dramatically altered open air perceptions of the game. With commentators decrying the hip hop or gangsta tradition of gamers, the blackness of the NBA was once either highlighted and disdained. This was once a harsh blow to the league’s narrative of colorblindness lengthy cultivated through Commissioner David Stern and powerfully embodied within the loved determine of Michael Jordan. As Leonard demonstrates, the league considered this second as a possibility wanting intervention, quick adopting guidelines to control black gamers and stop them from embracing types and personas linked to blackness. This attention-grabbing ebook discloses connections among the NBA’s discourse and the wider discourse of antiblack racism. specific coverage adjustments that appeared geared toward black gamers, similar to the NBA costume code and the controversy over a minimal age requirement, are explored.
David J. Leonard is affiliate Professor of serious tradition, Gender, and Race stories at Washington country college and the writer of Screens Fade to Black: modern African American Cinema. he's additionally the coeditor (with C. Richard King) of Commodified and Criminalized: New Racism and African american citizens in modern Sports and of Visual Economies of/in movement: recreation and Film.
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After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness (SUNY series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations) by David J. Leonard