chapter  2
Beyond the pale: The whiteness of sport studies and queer scholarship
ByMARY G. MCDONALD
Pages 14

In his excellent book, Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics, José Muñoz (1999) argues that too often queer theories and studies are interwoven with the dynamics of whiteness. He notes that ‘most of the cornerstones of queer theory that are taught, cited, and canonized in gay and lesbian studies classrooms, publications, and conferences are decidedly directed toward analyzing white lesbians and gay men’ (1999: 10). According to Muñoz the lack of inclusion does not signal the necessity of merely adding race to existing frameworks, a practice he calls a type of soft multiculturalism; but rather this omission and additive understanding of race points to the fact that something is seriously amiss in the ‘vast majority of publications and conferences that fill out the discipline of queer theory’ (1999: 11). As Yvonne Yarbo-Bejarano explains, too often this lack of explicit attention to interrogating race reinforces ‘the belief that it is possible to talk about sexuality without talking about race, which in turn reaffirms the belief that it is necessary to talk about race and sexuality only when discussing people of color’ (cited in Muñoz, 1999:10).