The Portrayal of Black Masculinity in the NFL: Critical Race Theory and the Images of Black Males

  • Drew D. Brown


This chapter uses critical race theory (CRT) as a theoretical framework to explore the influence of contemporary sports on the social construction of Black masculinity. In order to analyze this phenomenon, this chapter employs Delgado and Stefancic’s (2012) CRT themes of (1) race as a social construction, (2) omnipresent racism, (3) color blindness, and (4) interest convergence. This chapter argues that Black masculinity found in the National Football League (NFL) is often displayed and interpreted through the “White gaze” as unintelligent, violent and hyper-aggressive, and arrogant. These racist portrayals of Black masculinity contribute to the exploitation and oppression of Black males inside and outside of sports.


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  • Drew D. Brown
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  1. 1.Department of African-American Studies, University of HoustonHoustonUSA

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