Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk about It

Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk about It

by Jon Entine
     
 

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ISBN-10: 158648026X

ISBN-13: 9781586480264

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: PublicAffairs


In virtually every sport in which they are given opportunity to compete, people of African descent dominate. East Africans own every distance running record. Professional sports in the Americas are dominated by men and women of West African descent. Why have blacks come to dominate sports? Are they somehow physically better? And why are we so uncomfortable when we

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In virtually every sport in which they are given opportunity to compete, people of African descent dominate. East Africans own every distance running record. Professional sports in the Americas are dominated by men and women of West African descent. Why have blacks come to dominate sports? Are they somehow physically better? And why are we so uncomfortable when we discuss this? Drawing on the latest scientific research, journalist Jon Entine makes an irrefutable case for black athletic superiority. We learn how scientists have used numerous, bogus "scientific" methods to prove that blacks were either more or less superior physically, and how racist scientists have often equated physical prowess with intellectual deficiency. Entine recalls the long, hard road to integration, both on the field and in society. And he shows why it isn't just being black that matters—it makes a huge difference as to where in Africa your ancestors are from.Equal parts sports, science and examination of why this topic is so sensitive, Taboois a book that will spark national debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586480264
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
780,569
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Reflections on Sports and the Genetic Revolutionvii
Forewordxv
Part IThe Taboo
1.Breaking the Taboo on Race and Sports3
2.The Education of Sir Roger11
Part IIThe Evidence
3.By the Numbers17
4.The Most Level Playing Field29
5.Nature's Experiment: The "Kenyan Miracle"43
Part IIIHistory of Race Science and Sports
6."More Brains or More ..."71
7.Evolution (of Great Athletes)81
8.Race Without Color: The History of Human Differences96
9.The Origins of Race Science117
Part IVThe Segregation and Integration of Sports
10.The Superiority of White Athletes137
11.Jack Johnson in the Ring Against Jim Crow151
12.American Eugenics161
13.Jesse Owens and the German Race172
14.A Knockout Blow to Race Science188
15.The "Scheming, Flashy Trickiness" of Jews198
Part VNature or Nurture?
16.The Integration of Sports207
17.The Sixties218
18.Sports and IQ232
19.Winning the Genetic Lottery246
20.The Environmentalist Case Against Innate Black Superiority in Sports272
Part VIWhat About Women?
21.The Superiority of White Female Athletes295
22.East Germany's Sports Machine305
23.The Renaissance of the Black Female Athlete317
Part VIIFinal Thoughts
24.A Genteel Way to Say "Nigger"?331
Acknowledgments343
Notes346
Index375

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