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By C. Richard King, Charles Fruehling Springwood

Asses the ritualization and illustration of racial distinction linked to intercollegiate athletics.

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Race does not matter, is not an issue in sports, then, because it promotes individual opportunity and achievement without regard to race, while encouraging racial interaction, if not racial harmony. Johnson is not alone in his progressive reading of race and sport. In fact, the power of athletics to break down hierarchies, reverse prejudices, and improve race relations is a fundamental feature of contemporary American common sense, and it structures a popular historiography of race as well. Often individuals emplot a teleological account of the racial past.

Too often feature integration without equality, representation without power, presence without the confirming possibility of emancipation. Ours is a white supremacist system, asymmetrical in its economic and political allotments, triumphant in its ability to mask deep disparity on the one hand, and yet thoroughly rigid in its maintenance of naive individualism and rhetorical democracy on the other. The deeply imbricated erasures discussed in this chapter then must be understood as manifestations of white supremacy.

It is he as an individual who achieves, with the assistance of his mother and grandmother. He works not against racial and class stratification but to realize his potential. Race is not mentioned in Kirkland’s life history. Rather, the problems often associated with urban life paint an image of a personal failure, of promise and opportunity lost in the streets where they began. The focus here, as in Hardaway’s account, is on the individual, not on social relations and historical conditions. In both ads, the individual eviscerates the significance of race.

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