Race in the Present Day: NBA Employees Sound Off on Race and Racism

  title={Race in the Present Day: NBA Employees Sound Off on Race and Racism},
  author={Kwame J. A. Agyemang and John N. Singer},
  journal={Journal of African American Studies},
Resulting from the 2008 election (and 2012 re-election) of the first African-American President of the USA and the overrepresentation of African-American male athletes in American football and basketball today, it is possible that many Americans buy into the notion of a postracial society. Utilizing critical race theory as a lens, we interviewed five employees of an NBA franchise to better understand their perspectives on the topic of race and racism in American sport and society as a whole and… Expand
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