The Black Body at Rest (Alain Badiou)
Ron Artest commits a flagrant foul in an NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons; after this incident, Artest chooses to lie supine on the scorer’s table, “provoking” (mainly white) fans to hurl invectives and beer cups in his direction; in response to this, Artest and some of his teammates go into the stands to attack the offending fans. Artest is suspended for a record number of games and fined a record amount by the NBA. Using Alain Badiou’s work on the event, this chapter demonstrates the ways in which the event of Artest extends beyond him, drawing in other figures, most notably, Rosa Parkes, Jackie Robinson and Emmett Till.
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