Japan meets blackball, possibly …

I had an article published a couple weeks ago in the Louisiana Weekly newspaper about the take (or myth) of Shumza Sugimoto, a Japanese player in the 19-oughts who allegedly competed for an African-American team in New Orleans. Here’s a link to a PDF of it, found by Bill Staples (the paper didn’t post the story online).

Instead of getting down to the nitty gritty and examining and analyzing the strands of theories and evidence for and against the Sugimoto story, I used the tale to explore the possible historical, as well as modern, connections between people of African descent and Asians/Asian-Americans. In my story, the theories and thoughts of the great W.E.B. DuBois are a crucial part.

 

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