Is Slavery’s Legacy in the Power Dynamics of Sports?
In the N.B.A., the very term “owner” has come under fire, as players, most of whom are black, assert self-determination.
There is no other business like the N.B.A. Its rainbow jump shots, rim-rattling dunks and heart-pounding drama are gleaming monuments to black America. Nearly 80 percent of league players are black. They are multimillionaire superstars, international icons and global purveyors of African-American excellence and culture.
Yet, for all of their success, most of th...