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Jackie Robinson and the Rhetoric of the Black Press

Jackie Robinson and the Rhetoric of the Black Press

Chapter:
(p.55) 3 Jackie Robinson and the Rhetoric of the Black Press
Source:
Curt Flood in the Media
Author(s):
Abraham Iqbal Khan
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031380.003.0003

This chapter views the black press as a primary context of Flood advocacy fundamentally shaped by Robinson in the 1940s. Black newspapers had become accustomed to fighting the inclusionist fight in baseball, and the sport represented the social arena in which black newspapers possessed greatest influence. Through a rhetoric of self-abstraction, black newspapers simply denied the importance of Flood’s blackness in advocating careful labor reforms in pro baseball. By considering the proposition that the black press constituted a “counterpublic,” the chapter concludes with an examination of the disincorporated rhetoric through which speakers in the black press advocated Flood’s case.

Keywords:   Curt Flood, black newspapers, baseball, self-abstraction

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