Moving Beyond the Question of Education or Exploitation: The Dynamic Experiences of Black Male Student-Athletes

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/jis.v14i2.13606

Keywords:

Black, student-athlete, education, exploitation, CRT

Abstract

When discussing the Black male student-athlete, dominant perspectives argue that they are being educated while another perspective argues that this population is being exploited. This article moves beyond the question of whether Black male student-athletes are being educated or exploited as we argue that both can happen. Utilizing Critical Race Theory, we highlight dominant perspectives about Black male student-athletes as well as offer an analysis of their experiences. The article provides the presentation of a fictive counterstory that portrays the notion that this population can experience education and exploitation. We conclude by offering a discussion about approaches that institutions and athletic departments can take to better serve Black male student-athletes, including adopting the Excellence Beyond Athletics approach (Cooper, 2016).

Author Biographies

Jonathan Howe, The Ohio State University

PhD Student

Department of Educational Studies

Marc Johnston-Guerrero, The Ohio State University

Associate Professor

Department of Educational Studies

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Published

2021-09-04

How to Cite

Howe, J., & Johnston-Guerrero, M. (2021). Moving Beyond the Question of Education or Exploitation: The Dynamic Experiences of Black Male Student-Athletes. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 14(2). https://doi.org/10.17161/jis.v14i2.13606