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Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America Paperback – December 1, 2010
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This book was written for the casual fan, the hardcore fan, athletes, and those in the sports business. Its goal is to forge a better society and eradicate racial tensions by broaching honest discussions of realities of racism--past and present--in sport culture.
I tackle these issues throughout nine chapters taking on topics ranging from diversity in positions of power and leadership to the exploitation of amateur athletes and racial stereotypes sustained in contemporary sports films.
While my analysis, at times, might seem harsh, it is honest and done with the utmost concern and love for a better, more harmonious world.
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"Ballers of the New School is indeed an apropos title for Thabiti Lewis's challenging and innovative take on a new generation of black athletes. Punctuated with striking candor and an adroit understanding of contemporary popular culture, Lewis's Ballers of the New School is a much needed addition to scholarship on race and sports." --Mark Anthony Neal
"Coming out of nowhere like a Mike Tyson uppercut, Thabiti Lewis's Ballers of the New School is a shock to the system. Rarely has the intersection of sports and race and race-ISM been discussed with such bracing honesty, such generosity and such anger born of love. It's an absolute stunner." --Dave Zirin
Ballers of the New School is a timely and important work. At once a scholarly triumph, powerful social critique, and moving personal story, it challenges readers to set aside received wisdom that sports are the epitome of racial harmony and progress and reflect seriously on structures of racial inequality and how African Americans have struggled against them. Lewis is to be commended for pairing a penetrating critical analysis with an impassioned call for action directed at players, gatekeepers, and fans." --Richard King
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The subject of race in America is a subject that most would rather not talk about today. Rather than talk about it we just slide it under the category "it (racism)" is over!!! Wrong. In this book by Dr. lewis, he uses sports to talk about race in its new form. While "we" have come a long way, there are still attitudes harbored between differing groups of people simply because of their race, sex, religion etc. The world of sports provides a novel way of examining the problem. Many look at sports as a means of entertainment, relaxation, vicarious living.... and so perhaps this venue may help people more easily recognize some of the injustices regarding the treatment of players vs managers vs coaches etc which also leak into our society.
Dr. Lewis not only combines well researched statistics on sports with his own heartfelt experiences as a youngster who loves sports but provides soloutions to help equalize the playing field in two of the most visible sports for players in America!!!! He is definitely a "Baller". Read the book and see if you too are a Baller...