Posts tagged “andrew simon”
May 18, 2010
Could the majority-white live audience for NASCAR really be the reason for corporate reticence in doling out the dough? If so, it is insulting on many levels. … If NASCAR sponsors really aren’t giving Miller’s group a fair shot at their dollars because of race, then they underestimate the talent he has assembled, as well as the evolving NASCAR audience which also includes statistically significant numbers of Asian, Latino and African-American fans, according to Sports Business Daily.
To be sure, racism still exists everywhere, and there are, no doubt, some in the audience who wouldn’t cheer for Miller’s team because of race. Still, to assume that NO ONE, or even just a small minority would accept a black team, is to perpetuate a stereotype created in movies and comedic routines of NASCAR fans as beer-swilling, stars and bars flying, racist yokels. Again, to look at the numbers, that just ain’t so. — Susan Deily-Swearingen on Racing While Black
May 17, 2010
In February, Leonard T. Miller, author with Andrew Simon of Racing While Black, appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show. Click here to listen!
May 12, 2010
April 16, 2010
Even if you’re not an avid racing fan, we’re sure you’ve caught the grand oval spectacle know as NASCAR at least once in your life. After all, behind the NFL, it’s the second most-viewed sports league in the country. However, there’s one major difference between NASCAR and the rest of America’s pastimes: a startling lack of racial diversity. Leonard T. Miller’s book explains why. —The Complex
March 2, 2010
… Bechtel paints an excellent portrait of these colorful racers and their Scotch-Irish culture, in which Rebel flags are not rare. So why on Earth were Leonard W. Miller, founder of Miller Racing, and his son, Leonard T. Miller — successful, educated members of the black elite — obsessed with NASCAR racing? It’s a question that perplexed their fellow African Americans, who regarded their quest as “a suicide mission into the country’s deepest pockets of racism.”
February 23, 2010
Here also is a ten-minute trailer from the Lynn Doyle show featuring Lenny Miller talking about Racing While Black, and about the ongoing battle to open up NASCAR racing to all drivers, regardless of color.
February 18, 2010
On Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Leonard Miller and Andrew Simon visited Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem to talk about NASCAR, color in America, and their new book, Racing While Black. Check out audio from the event below:
February 11, 2010
Simon described the book [Racing While Black] as critical of NASCAR and said it examines the problems Miller faced building a stock car racing team with his father; his struggles securing corporate sponsorships despite his team’s successes and the inevitable problems dealing with bigoted fellow-drivers and fans in a traditionally all white sport.
… Simon said that the book even has “a surprise ending,” and said the book will provide a much-needed look at one of the few major American sports that seems closed to African Americans. “The Millers did a great deal for blacks in racing sports,” said Simon, “during years in which NASCAR itself wouldn’t let black drivers in and even sympathetic black executives at General Motors and other car companies who wanted to support the Miller team would have to do so clandestinely. After a few years the persistence of the Millers posed enough of a threat that you started to see black drivers integrating other teams.”
— Publishers Weekly
February 4, 2010
February 4, 2010, 7:30pm, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
August 7, 2009
Leonard T. Miller, author with Andrew Simon of Racing While Black, talks to WPGC in Washington about race, racing and issues of sponsorship and access in the world of NASCAR.