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Identity crisis

There's a code of black masculinity that governs every NFL locker room

Originally Published: December 5, 2013
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

WHETHER USED TO promote sports or justify the police state, the predominant black male image in America is one of anger and aggression. In the right time, emotion sells as passion (a Ray Lewis pregame speech, a Kevin Garnett guttural roar-and-dunk), and glistening muscles sell as dedication and athletic-gene perfection (see Dwight Howard). But in the wrong time -- when a black man is walking down the street, wearing a hoodie or a suit; or when Dez Bryant is yelling on the ...

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