Black Men Can't Shoot

Black Men Can't Shoot

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by Scott N. Brooks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226076032

ISBN-13: 9780226076034

Pub. Date: 05/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The myth of the natural black athlete is widespread, though it’s usually talked about only when a sports commentator or celebrity embarrasses himself by bringing it up in public. Those gaffes are swiftly decried as racist, but apart from their link to the long history of ugly racial stereotypes about black people—especially men—they are also harmful

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Overview

The myth of the natural black athlete is widespread, though it’s usually talked about only when a sports commentator or celebrity embarrasses himself by bringing it up in public. Those gaffes are swiftly decried as racist, but apart from their link to the long history of ugly racial stereotypes about black people—especially men—they are also harmful because they obscure very real, hard-fought accomplishments. As Black Men Can’t Shoot demonstrates, such successes on the basketball court don’t happen just because of natural gifts—instead, they grow out of the long, tough, and unpredictable process of becoming a known player.

Scott Norman Brooks spent four years coaching summer league basketball in Philadelphia. And what he saw, heard, and felt working with the young black men on his team tells us much about how some kids are able to make the extraordinary journey from the ghetto to the NCAA. He tells the story of two young men, Jermaine and Ray, following them through their high school years and chronicling their breakthroughs and frustrations on the court as well as their troubles at home. Black Men Can’t Shoot is a moving coming-of-age story that counters the belief that basketball only exploits kids and lures them into following empty dreams—and shows us that by playing ball, some of these young black men have already begun their education even before they get to college.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226076034
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,149,007
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: What’s in a Title—the Origins of This Research

Introduction

1 Jermaine and Ray

2 Becoming a Basketball Player

3 Getting Known through Networks and Exposure

4 Playing School Ball

5 Old Heads and Young Bulls

6 A Saturday Morning at Espy

7 The Heart of the Playground

8 Chuck Breaks Them Down

9 Gotta Want It “Like That”

10 Playing Uptown

11 Some Fall Off

12 Bringing 'Em Back and Putting It All Together

13 The Chip

14 The Glow but Reality of Success

15 Ray vs. Green

16 Playing Everywhere

17 Can’t Look Poor

18 Implosion

19 Moving North

20 Learning Other Stuff

21 A Star Is Born; Another Is Still Waiting

22 Politics and “Pub(licity)”

23 Getting in (School) and Getting out (of the Hood)

24 Being Used

Conclusion

Epilogue

Appendix 1: Methodology

Appendix 2: Settings—Politics of Space

Appendix 3: Jermaine’s Path

Notes

References

Index

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Black Men Can't Shoot 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book for ideas of what happened when black people where judge and treated unfairly