A bold and impassioned meditation on injustice in our country that punctures the illusion of a postracial America and reveals it as a place where authoritarianism looms large
Product Code: 8436
ISBN: 9780807002315
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 200
Published Date: 01/19/2021
Availability:In stock
Price: $14.95

Whether the issues are protest, labor, patriotism, or class division, it is clear that professional sports are no longer simply fun and games. Rather, the industry is a hotbed of fractures and inequities that reflect and even drive some of the most divisive issues in our country. The nine provocative and deeply personal essays in Full Dissidence confront the dangerous narratives that are shaping the current dialogue in sports and mainstream culture. The book is a reflection on a culture where African Americans continue to navigate the sharp edges of whiteness - as citizens who are always at risk of being told, often directly from the White House, to go back to where they came from. The topics Howard Bryant takes on include the player-owner relationship, the militarization of sports, the myth of integration, the erasure of black identity as a condition of success, and the kleptocracy that has forced America to ask itself if its beliefs of freedom and democracy are more than just words.

In a time when authoritarianism is creeping into our lives and is being embraced in our politics, Full Dissidence will make us question the strength of the bonds we think we have with our fellow citizens, and it shows us why we must break from the malignant behaviors that have become normalized in everyday life.

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"A series of forceful, justifiably angry essays connected by the theme of white supremacy negating the full citizenship of black Americans . . . . Another illuminating social and cultural critique from an important contemporary voice.” - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Senior ESPN writer Bryant showcases why he is one of the most talented writers of this generation in thoughtful essays . . . [an] in-depth analysis and examination of issues. Highly recommended: Bryant is a masterful writer and a voice of this generation. His passion and analysis on important topics is unparalleled.” - Library Journal, Starred Review

“Bryant has had a long, brilliant career as a sports columnist. . . . Not much comfort here, only light.” - Booklist

“This collection of essays is everything I hold dear, a searing rejection of everything racist America holds dear inside and outside of the lines. Howard Bryant does not hold back in his withering and thoughtful dissections and rejections of the racial politics of athletics, and the athletic politics of race. Full Dissidence is an oracle.” - Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist

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