Taboo -- alert about book and request for feedback
- To the list:
I wanted to alert list members to the release, this week, of my book,
"Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We Are Afraid to Talk
About It" (PublicAffairs], available January 2000;
Taboo is both a scientific and sociological look at the controversy of
human biodiversity applied to sports. It was inspired in part by a
documentary I wrote and produced with Tom Brokaw for NBC News 10 years
ago ("Black Athletes--Fact and Fiction") which was named Best Sports
Film of the Year.
Among its key points:
--the postmodernist cant that it is impossible for sub-Saharban blacks
from West Africa might have a phenotypic and genotypic
advantage in sports that require speed and jumping is not scientifically
supportable, particularly in the light of new anthropological
and genetic research...
--numerous populations evidence "superior" bio-mechanical and
physiological advantages in certains sports that cannot be
explained by environmental factors
--the socio-history of the 'concept of race,' which I devote numerous
chapters in outlining, continues to haunt what is otherwise
a relatively straight forward scientific issue
As the book is going into a second printing, and will have a separate
non-North American version (hopefully) that will address non-North
American sports, I welcome any critical feedback. I understand that Tim
Noakes has reviewed the book for Physician and Sports Medicine.
The Kirkus Reviews review calls it: "a brave sprint in the marathon of
genetic racial equality. Courageous enough to
ask tough questions about the uneven playing field, forthright enough to
present hard evidence." The NY Times review is scheduled for January 14.
The introduction of the book is written by Earl Smith, chairman of the
sociology department and director of its program on ethnic studies at
Wake Forest, Earl is also an expert on sports sociology. He writes: "You
will be accused of spouting old fashioned racism for even raising the
issue of African American superiority in athletics. All this beating
around the bush has to stop. This is a good book. I am quite excited
with the arguments that are raised." [Earl is African American]
Again, any critical feedback welcomed.
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Author of "Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We Are
Afraid to Talk About It" (PublicAffairs], available January 2000;