A Level Playing Field

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Gerald L. Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in the English Department and director of the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses his new book of essays, A Level Playing Field: African American Athletes and the Republic of Sports.


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Comments [4]

"ummmmmmmm ummmmmmmm" I'm glad I don't have to sit through his classes.....

Apr. 13 2011 12:09 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

"Uhm, Uhm, Salient, Uhm, Uhm"... My god this is the least articulate college professor I've ever heard speak. Limbaugh may be an idiot but he didn't say "Black QB's are too dumb", he said the media wanted him to succeed because it's a story they can sell, i.e. exploding the myth that black players can't lead. There may be some truth to what he said, any football fan knows McNabb underperformed in every important game he started and given his performance it was odd how much sponsor attention he received. It's theintersection of marketing, sport, culture and poitics - using Limbaugh's comment to sell this stupid book just shows how little this book has to add to the "conversation".

Apr. 13 2011 11:58 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

More whining from an overly protected "victim group" of very rich men.
Mr. McNabb should have (and did) laugh all the way to the bank.
Instead, it becomes fodder for second rate academics in need of a topic to get published for tenure. Good question, Brian, it is Mr. Early and others who keep this racial stereotype alive by forever raising it.

Apr. 13 2011 11:55 AM
the truth from Becky

Yeah, like it's so hard! Gimme a break it ain't brain surgery

Apr. 13 2011 11:51 AM

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