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Black Men Can't Shoot

Brooks, Scott

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ISBN 10: 0226076032 / ISBN 13: 9780226076034
Published by Univ of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., 2009
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Crisp, beautiful, as new book. No tears or chips and no names or writing other than the signature of the author which appears on the half-title page. Publisher's price is on the back of the dustjacket and book will arrive in brand new mylar. The author takes on the myth that all African American basketball players are born with natural talent, which undermines the hard work the top stars invest in their future in the game. 228 pages. Indexed. Bookseller Inventory # 25049

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Title: Black Men Can't Shoot

Publisher: Univ of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: SIGNED by Author

Edition: First Printing.

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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.


About the Author:

Scott Norman Brooks is associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri.


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