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A Hoop Dreams Reality Check

March 18, 2020

UPDATED OCTOBER 21, 2014, 12:30 PM Many people see sports as the only viable pathway to the American Dream for poor African-American families. Young athletes often have coaches who live and work in middle class communities. This provides exposure to…

White / Black Ethnographers and the Question of ‘Access’

February 2, 2020

Some of the best in urban (and rural) ethnography—here and abroad—has white ethnographers peering into the lives of Black and other non-white people. Oscar Lewis (“The Culture of Poverty”);  Margaret Mead (Trobriand Islanders); Elliot Liebow (Tally’s Corner); Harold Foote Gosnell…

Gender Power & Violence book cover

New Review of Gender, Power and Violence

January 8, 2020

GENDER, POWER, AND VIOLENCE: RESPONDING TO SEXUAL AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY TODAY Authors: Angela J. Hattery and Earl SmithPublisher: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. 246p.Reviewer: Kimberly Fairchild | September 2019 After allowing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to…

Disproportionately Black

November 8, 2019

Earl Smith, PhD – Sociology –  George Mason University smithearl8@gmail.com   Angela J. Hattery, PhD – Women & Gender Studies – George Mason University hatterya@gmail.com    Black youth are currently confined in the criminal punishment system Blacks get longer criminal sentences than whites Blacks…


July 25, 2019

Earl Smith and Angela J. Hattery  Introduction Race matters (Feagin 2013; West 2000). Race also matters in Sportsworld. Race impacts virtually every aspect of our lives, from the opportunities we have to attend higher education, our access to health care, the…

The ugly underbelly of college sports and the muck and shady dealings that go into recruiting Student Athletes.

March 10, 2019

College athletics–especially football and basketball–has a lot of explaining to do. What, with the FBI and the charges brought by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York probing the wrongdoings, we have already seen the firing of…

Dear White People (Again)….

March 1, 2019

I know, the title is already taken. But bear with me.   Let’s start with some basics.  White privilege (male privilege, hetero privilege, cis privilege, age privilege, religious privilege, class privilege) isn’t about individuals.  It isn’t about whether people are…

Stop the assault on false reports of sexual assault!

February 24, 2019

Twice this week in the wake of the news reports that Jussie Smollet may have faked a hate crime, commentators on national news cautioned about false reporting of crimes. And, yes, we all should be worried about false reporting, but…

The Catholic Church

February 18, 2019

Inside of this Catholic Church you have a Cardinal (Theodore McCarrick de-frocked from the priesthood) for raping young boys; you have priests raping nuns, then setting up sex slave rings and having them have abortions when they get pregnant; you…

Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievances with NFL

February 16, 2019

Deal?  $60-80 million. We remain suspicious. The NFL is a business and by settling with Reed and Kaepernick they, the league, can walk away free from having to disclose “collusion” by blocking the quarterback from earning a living. No athlete,…