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Basketball, A Story Of Race And Resistance

In basketball, you just embody that ‘cool.’ In black culture, there’s not many other ways that you can judge your manhood.

What is it about basketball that makes it “the black man’s game”? And what about pickup basketball in particular: can it tell us something about the state of blackness in the United States?

Reflecting on these questions in Black Men on the Blacktop: Basketball and the Politics of Race, A. Rafik Mohamed presents pickup games as a text of the political, social, and economic struggles of African American men. In the process, he tells a story about race in its peculiarly American context, and about how the politics of race—and resistance—are…

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