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Race, Slavery, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete

Race, Slavery, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete

Chapter:
(p.116) 5 Race, Slavery, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete
Source:
Curt Flood in the Media
Author(s):
Abraham Iqbal Khan
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031380.003.0005

This chapter examines the ways in which Flood’s case might have resonated within a social and political imagination that was deeply racialized and unapologetically committed to a world-making project informed by black experience. First, it analyzes the rhetoric of revolt. Second, it shows how Flood’s “argument from blackness,” as opposed to being confined to his consciousness or spread thinly over the amorphous “mood” of the 1960s, consisted in discernible rhetorical consonances to the radicalism of Harry Edwards’ Revolt of the Black Athlete. Third, it explains how black newspapers appropriated Flood and domesticated the threat he posed by fitting him into the political rationality of liberalism.

Keywords:   Curt Flood, black experiences, revolt, blackness, black newspapers, liberalism

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