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Prof Blasts Tom Brady's "White Male Omnipotence" For "Buttressing American White

• by Celine Ryan

URI Kinesiology professor Kyle Kusz also dabbles in gender and race theory, as evidenced in a chapter, a full copy of which was obtained by Campus Reform, that the professor authored in a recently published book titled The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport.

Titled "Making American White Men Great Again: Tom Brady, Donald Trump, and the Allure of White Male Omnipotence in Post-Obama America," the chapter attempts to provide evidence to back up Kusz's suggestion that, like President Donald Trump, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has gained popularity due to the "latest wave of white rage and white supremacy" that he says developed since the Obama presidency alongside a "disturbing racial reaction among white conservatives in response to the idea that a black man would be [president]."

The professor's work analyzes Brady in two ways: his representation in the media and his "relationship with Trump," seeking to determine what these factors can "tell us about the specific ways that white masculinity is being re-coded and re-centered in post-Obama American culture."

Kusz zeroes in on "the complex racial, gender, and class meanings that have been articulated with Brady's body and his performances of white masculinity in the context of a backlash against the Obama presidency" and of "Trumpism," which he claims is also rooted in both race and gender.