By David J. Leonard
On November 19, 2004, a struggle among NBA avid gamers Ron Artest and Ben Wallace escalated right into a melee concerning a number of different gamers and lots of lovers. 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 avid gamers, the blackness of the NBA was once either highlighted and disdained. This used to be a harsh blow to the league’s narrative of colorblindness lengthy cultivated by means of Commissioner David Stern and powerfully embodied within the loved determine of Michael Jordan. As Leonard demonstrates, the league seen this second as a hazard wanting intervention, fast adopting rules to control black gamers and forestall 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 aimed toward black gamers, corresponding to the NBA gown code and the talk over a minimal age requirement, are explored.
David J. Leonard is affiliate Professor of severe tradition, Gender, and Race reviews at Washington nation 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 americans in modern Sports and of Visual Economies of/in movement: game 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