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Reconstructing FameSport, Race, and Evolving Reputations$
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David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730913

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.001.0001

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Constucting Banality

Constucting Banality

The Trivialization of the Jackie Robinson Legacy

(p.3) Constucting Banality
Reconstructing Fame

Joel Nathan Rosen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores Jackie Robinson’s early twenty-first-century reputation. It argues that while Robinson is enjoying a remarkable as well as posthumous admiration, the cost is often obscured by the false and often disingenuous promotion of racial tolerance and acceptance through the Robinson saga. Rather than viewing the ubiquitous characterizations of Robinson as indicative of the triumph of democracy and progress, the Robinson mystique should be viewed as being trivialized by virtue of its continued trumpeting of duty and comportment that belie the range of complex premises that lay beneath the unabashed cheerleading.

Keywords:   athletes, sports figures, reputation, racial tolerance, baseball players

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