Origins and Beginnings: On The Blind Side

  • Jared SextonEmail author


This chapter reinterprets John Lee Hancock’s The Blind Side (2009) as an indictment of the black family. Misread as a feel-good story extolling the value of organized sports, in which the sad fate of a poor black urban youth is redirected by the intervention of a professional white woman, this work represents something more than an example of the patronage motif. Here the figure of the black male athlete is conflated with the figure of the black female welfare recipient and the question of reproductive justice raised by her predicament. This not only interrupts the redemptive fantasy of racial capitalism promoted by Michael Oher’s unlikely story, but also productively undermines the quest for hegemonic gender differentiation, even within the confines of mainstream narrative cinema.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of African American StudiesUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

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