Whether the issue is protest, labor, patriotism, or class division, it is clear that professional sports are no longer simply fun and games. Rather, the industry is a hotbed of fractures and inequities that reflect and even drive some of the most divisive issues in our country. These nine essays confront the dangerous narratives that are shaping the current dialogue in sports and mainstream culture.
Bryant showcases why he is one of the most talented writers of this generation in thoughtful essays ... Readers familiar with Bryant’s work will appreciate his in-depth analysis and examination of issues he’s discussed on air ... Highly recommended: Bryant is a masterful writer and a voice of this generation. His passion and analysis on important topics is unparalleled.
A series of forceful, justifiably angry essays connected by the theme of white supremacy negating the full citizenship of black Americans ... One of the most thought-provoking—and freshly argued—essays centers on how whites who violate society’s norms regularly achieve rehabilitation while blacks rarely do ... Another illuminating social and cultural critique from an important contemporary voice.
... wide-ranging and sharp-edged ... Bryant’s informed analyses and righteous anger transform sports into a valuable lens and tool for examining and combatting racism. Progressive sports fans will heed this incisive cri de coeur.