That’s the question author Shaun Powell poses and ultimately
answers with regard to the nature of blacks’ participation in
American sports. Neither blacks nor whites—athletes, coaches,
administrators, owners, media, parents, and yes, even
fans—are without blame for race still being an issue in the
athletic arena. And Powell, perhaps like you, is fed up with the
Souled Out? boldly addresses the following dilemmas and more:
- Do today’s black athletes and coaches have the
purpose to follow the leads of pioneers like Jackie Robinson, Althea
Gibson, Robert Johnson, or Tony Dungy?
- Is Muhammad Ali’s great legacy being misused to
justify the behavior of today’s prima donnas and their
preconceived, self-centered celebrations?
- Why, with tremendous models like Jackie Joyner-Kersee,
Venus and Serena Williams, and Candace Parker, is black female
participation not more encouraged across a wide array of sports?
- Are portrayals of professional black athletes, centered on
gaining luxury possessions and material wealth rather than giving back
to the community, ensuring that a me-first mind-set carries over to the
next generation of athletes?
- Will more blacks break through the glass ceiling in
coaching and sports management positions to achieve strong
- Can negative attitudes about race, held by segments inside
and outside the black community, be overcome so that faster and
enduring progress can be made in the future?
Powell’s answers will surprise, anger, please,
and—most of all—challenge you.
How Blacks Are Winning and Losing in Sports
by Shaun Powell
Human Kinetics Publishers
Hardcover, 312 pages