TABOO: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and why We're Afraid to Ask.

Author:Lindsey, Fred
Position:Review - Brief Article

TABOO: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and why We're Afraid to Ask by Jon Entine Perseus Book Group, January 2000 $25.00, ISBN 1-891-62039-8

At one time black athletes couldn't be good enough. Now it appears that we're too good. Blacks are good at basketball, football, and track and field because these sports are accessible. Tiger Woods and the Williams sisters are good at their crafts because of early exposure. However, Entine, a white journalist, claims that "biology and ancestry--race and genetics are significant components to the stunning ascension of the black athlete and that's why blacks dominate sports."

While Entine's statements have raised eyebrows in many circles, it may be tempting to agree with him amid the evidence of a black majority in the NBA, WNBA, NFL, and track and field. But one needs only a quick reminder of the historic ramifications of race classifications and what can happen when systems divide human beings to popularize certain beliefs. The idea of one race dominating another is not biologically based, but a cultural grasping at straws.

So, too, it would seem that Taboo is just another attempt to appease white intolerance, but readers may find that it offers much more. Entine presents...

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