The book concentrates on the stories of the prosperous black athletes and black sports pioneers, and Rhoden not only acknowledges the good events, but the bad events and their impacts as well: the highs and the lows, the strengths and weaknesses, the good points and the shortcomings. The American Slave Coast A Of Breeding Industry Chapter 7 the dilemma of alienation conveyor belt chapter 7 the dilemma of alienation conveyor belt forty million dollar slaves the rise fall and redemption of 40 million slaves by william c rhoden the new york times francis fedric slave life in virginia and kentucky or fifty years. It was a good read. So why only 4 stars? But he also argues that these financial rewards ought to translate into an even more effective advocacy bloc for African-American advancement. Rhoden, Let me first say that I enjoyed Mr. Having said all that, is a book that should be required reading not just for young, Black athletes, but as a historical text to supplement what so often gets left out in the story of Black people in America. Is the book insightful and interesting? Would creating a separate and maybe equal black sports complex to challenge the white sports complex provide the harmonizing multiculturalism we all desire or would it perpetuate more racism? To him, the black athlete I didn't have grand designs when I found this book looking for a new audiobook to listen to while waiting on some other holds , but sometimes you can be really surprised when you aren't looking for anything.
To properly discuss the book I guess I should start by saying I'm white and that, I feel, the only way we are going to improve race relations in this country is to find a way to allow all sides to have a valid opinion. And painting the entire, illustrious roster of current black athletes with this broad brush of ridicule, one that leaves no room for exceptions, is just wrong. It was writ large in the South in 1966, but it's a paradigm that continues to define the dilemma of race and racism in sports in the United States: Behind the cheering often lurks angry resentment. This book is a must read especially for those among us who claim that these Million Dollar athletes should do more in the community. Bill Rhoden, a sports writer whom I greatly respect, takes you on a educational tour of the black athlete's history in America in several genres, from boxing, to baseball, to football, and even cycling I learned something new there. I also see no controversy over his title, Forty Million Dollar Slave, since he gives its origin and his thought process about his earlier book title ideas very clearly in his Prologue. If you don't attempt to be part of the solution to the problem, then you become part of the problem.
It presents new perspectives to such large moments in history such as Jackie Robinson's integration into Major League Baseball, the college football's recruitment process, and why some rules in sports are amended. Rather, it was filled with lots of history including the origin of sports during slavery and the earliest successful black athletes that made a name for themselves before we had professional leagues. Rhoden took us from boxing in the early 19th century; to horse-racing mid-19th century; to the Negro Leagues in the mid-20th century; and up to the modern day athletes that we intimately know. I didn't have grand designs when I found this book looking for a new audiobook to listen to while waiting on some other holds , but sometimes you can be really surprised when you aren't looking for anything. For me, the best way for this book to be reviewed is quotes taken directly from the book. I really wanted to like this book, and I did learn a lot. Focusing on the history of cultural and social oppression, he chronicles past injustices and myopic practices to educate African-American athletes about their heritage and to spur them on to future engagement with their communities.
I can definitely understand his position because the facts back it up. I went into with eyes and mind wide open, and was richly rewarded yet sobered. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and integrated major league baseball. . According to Rhoden, integration only managed to keep the balance of power firmly in white control, and the athlete, no matter how well paid, was no different from the lower black laborer of old. The natural progression, in my mind, of Willie Mays is Terrell Owens and Ron Artest.
But these legends, says William Rhoden in Forty Million Dollar Slave may be just that, amounting to a crutch for modern day race relations. Rhoden, a sportswriter for The New York Times since 1983, concedes that most pros now make more money in one season than his childhood heroes could accumulate over the course of their entire careers. I really appreciated the stories about Kellen Winslow and his son and Rick Neuheisel , Curt Flood, and Michael Jordan. Stories that fiction authors and filmmakers could craft wonderful tales from, and our youth could learn from. The author uses as an extended metaphor the journey of the tribe of Israel to the promised land, and its shockingly effective. We see this erasure in mainstream feminism, and it's there in the oft-forgotten stories of the civil rights movement. Rhoden discusses key figures such as Jackie Robinson and Michael Jordan, but he does not take the normal positive view of their lives and situations.
As the title suggests, the central theme of the book is that even though we are centuries removed from slavery in this country the black athlete is essentially a 40 million dollar slave. The book made me realize that black athletes, entrepreneurs, and others who work in sports fields need to rise up and take charge. Overall Forty Million Dollar Slaves had a stretched-out feel, I really wanted to like this book, and I did learn a lot. Rhoden, but most of this country whether black, white, yellow or red, is in the same predicament and none of them make 40 million dollars doing so. It has been a long time since I read a work of non-fiction as powerful and thought-provoking as. Now we learn that blacks did dominate the field back then whether in horseracing as the country's first jockeys or in track as sprinters at events staged to entertain white spectators.
Forty Million Dollar Slaves gives a history of Black athletes in American professional sports. What obstacles did the black female athlete encounter? Many contemporary sports writers, analysts, commentators etc. However, five years later he played his last game in professional baseball because he was convinced that black and white Americans could not peacefully coexist on the same continent and as a result, after his retirement he became a supporter of the Back to Africa movement. Bonus for reading his own material in an audiobook, and he does well with the material. Yet instead, we have entered the ago of the apolitical mega-star, carefully-packaged products such as Michael Jordan who Rhoden says went to great lengths to cultivate a non-threatening, ever-neutral public image.
Forty Million Dollar Slaves is an important read if we want to understand the black athlete. Disillusioning the 'inspirational' tales of Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali, and delving into the complexities of existing in a white world in a country founded on white supremacy. This is an engaging historical account of the history of sport for Black athletes. The reason I gave this novel 4 stars is because I feel that at the end of every chapter the novel seems to switch everything and picks up a new topic which can sometimes get irritating. They could move to exploit black muscle and talent, thus sucking the life out of black institutions, while at the same time giving themselves credit for being humanitarians. Having said all that, is a book that should be required reading not just for young, Black athletes, but as a historical text to supplement what so often gets left out in the story of Black people in America.
It was historical but not boring, interesting, informative, and boy, did I learn a lot. But judging by today's socially-unenlightened crop of sports icons, one might suspect that rich history of activism and advocating for the underclass to be more fairy tale than fact. Black people were there ; to Major Taylor, bicycle-racing champion extraordinaire, feted in Paris only to be blocked at home for having the termerity to not just race against, but be better than the white men he raced against. Integration only caused a few problems for whites, while it may have done more harm than good for blacks. Retrieved Jan 30 2019 from Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete by William C. The black institution was dead while the white prospered off of the black talent that kept the Negro Leagues thriving. Black people were there ; to Major Taylor, bicycle-racing champion extraordinaire, feted in Paris only to be blocked at home for having the termerity to not just race against, but be better than the white men he raced against.
Rhoden is a book about the black athlete and all the problems they still face today. He highlights the hardships, the atrocities and the spirit to which the black athlete excelled in the face of such monumental adversity. Furthermore, for black professional athletes who do remain connected to the black community in significant ways, Rhoden focuses on the harsh reprisal that they are likely to face at the hands of a largely white, reactionary sports media 209. But judging by today's socially-unenlightened crop of sports icons, one might suspect that rich history of activism and advocating for the underclass to be more fairy tale than fact. I picked up 40 Million Dollar Slaves hoping that this topic would be discussed.