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Curt Flood in the MediaBaseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete$
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Abraham Iqbal Khan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031380

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031380.001.0001

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Race, Slavery, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete

Race, Slavery, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete

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Curt Flood in the Media

Abraham Iqbal Khan

University Press of Mississippi

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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