Racism in Sports

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”  

 

 Colin Kaepernick

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A Disparaging Video Prompts Explosive Fallout Within ESPN

 

The New York Times, July 2021

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Olympics bans swim caps preferred by Black athletes with natural hair

 

Today, July 2021

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N.F.L. Concussion Settlement

Will Drop Race-Based

Assessment for Payouts

 

The New York Times, June 2021

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Athletes Will Never

Be Quiet Again

 

The Atlantic, May 2021

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George Floyd changed the

world of athlete activism

 

The Washington Post, May 2021

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The IOC Is Now Daring

Olympic Athletes to Protest

 

The Nation, May 2021

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M.L.B. Pulls All-Star Game

From Georgia in Response

to Voting Law

 

The New York Times, April 2021

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Black football agents face

another hurdle: Convincing White players to sign with them

 

The Washington Post, April 2021

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OL Reign Unveil 2021

Jerseys Featuring Black 

Future Co-op Fund

 

OL Reign, April 2021

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Hard Truths Deep Dive:

Racism in Sports

 

Axios, March 2021

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MLB, NBA, and NHL Games

Are Canceled in the Twin Cities

 

The Nation, April 2021

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With ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts

at issue, these prep athletes experienced the tension of activism

 

The Washington Post, March 2021

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Morghan Chambers Makes

Some People Uncomfortable

 

Medium, March 2021

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Why Pro Sports Should

Skip the National Anthem

The Atlantic, Feb. 2021

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The University of Texas Will Confront Its History, but Not Its Donors

The Atlantic, March 2021

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Curt Flood Belongs in

the Hall of Fame

The Atlantic, Feb. 2021

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Kelly Loeffler Just Lost Her

WNBA Team to a Player She

Refused to Meet

The Nation, March 2021

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WNBA improves on already stellar racial and gender hiring practices

ESPN, Feb. 2021

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Black Coaches See the Limits

of the NFL’s Racial Reckoning

The Atlantic, Feb. 2021

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How the court-martial of Jackie Robinson nearly derailed his

baseball career

The Undefeated, Jan. 2021

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How the WNBA

helped flip Georgia blue

Vox, Jan. 2021

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So much for progress on

inclusive hiring in the NFL

The Undefeated, Jan. 2021

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Hank Aaron, Home Run King Who Defied Racism, Dies at 86

The New York Times, Jan. 2021

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2020 in review: Sue Bird, Alysha

Clark and Dee Gordon among

those who led Seattle athlete activism

The Seattle Times, Dec. 2020

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MLB can add Negro Leagues to official records but can never

change what it did to Black players

ESPN, Dec. 2020

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Why Coaching for

Social Justice Matters

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2020

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Naomi Osaka: Athletes, Speak Up

The New York Times, Dec. 2020

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A timeline of Colin Kaepernick’s protests against police brutality,

four years after they began

The Washington Post, Aug 2020

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How the ‘Black Godfather’ changed baseball legend Hank Aaron’s life

The Undefeated, June 2019

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Colin Kaepernick explains why

he sat during national anthem

NFL.COM, Aug. 2016

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Jon Gruden Just Put It in Writing

 

The Atlantic, Oct. 2021

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Baseball and Black

American Memory

 

AAIHS, Oct. 2021

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How the sports world failed when three Black women needed help

 

The 19th, July 2021

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Brian Flores Levels a Lawsuit

Against the NFL for

Discriminatory Practices

 

The Nation, Feb. 2022

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Senior NFL official: ‘Double

standard’ for Black coaches when

it comes to keeping jobs

 

The Washington Post, Jan. 2022

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Eldridge Dickey, the first

Black quarterback drafted in the

first round, never got his shot 

 

The Washington Post, Nov. 2021

Articles

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Changes to Settlement

Could Aid Thousands of

Black Players’ Claims

 

The New York Times, March 2022

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Without the Wonderlic, the

N.F.L. Finds Other Ways to Test Football I.Q.

 

The New York Times, March 2022

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ESPN Rebrands Black-Focused Undefeated Site as Andscape

 

The New York Times, Feb. 2022

Books

Please buy from a black-owned bookstore (click here for a list), your local independent bookstore, or from the Bookshop link provided.

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Full Dissidence:

Notes from an Uneven Playing Field

Howard Bryant, 2020

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The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism

Howard Bryant, 2018

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Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston

Howard Bryant, 2002

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The Last Hero: A Life

of Henry Aaron

Howard Bryant, 2011

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A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team

Arshay Cooper, 2020

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The Revolt of the

Black Athlete: 50th Anniversary Edition

Harry Edwards, 2018

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The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson: The Baseball Legend's Battle for Civil Rights During World War II

Michael Lanning, 2020

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The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy

Pellom McDaniels , 2013

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Willie: The Game-Changing Story of the Nhl's First Black Player

Willie O'Ree, 2020

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Forty Million Dollar

Slaves: The Rise, Fall,

and Redemption of

the Black Athlete

William Rhoden, 2007

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I Never Had It Made:

The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson, 2003

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Sporting Blackness: Race, Embodiment, and Critical Muscle Memory on Screen

Samantha Sheppard, 2020

Listen

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Around the Rim

Girls of Color And Title I‪X

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The Black Athlete

The history of the black athlete

in a contemporary conversation. 

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Edge of Sports

Hidden History: The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Athlet‪e

50 min.

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Edge of Sports

NFL Pro Bowler Michael Bennett

on the Power of Protes‪t

39 min.

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Hour 4: Racism in Sports

A Conversation about Modern Day

Sports and Inherent Racism

42 min.

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Mouthpeace with Michael Bennett & Pele Bennett

A Fist Held Hig‪h‬

41 min.

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Mouthpeace with Michael Bennett & Pele Bennett

Be Yourself. Change

The World. with Laila Ali‪

48 min.

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NPR

How Black Players Propelled Cleveland's Baseball Team To

Win The 1948 World Series

5 min.

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Only a Game

A Conversation On Sports,

Racism And Police Brutality

55 min.

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Only a Game

Special: Sports, Racism and

The Myth Of Meritocracy

49 min.

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Racism at Work

Racism in sport: does football

hold a mirror up to society‪?‬

1 hour 15 min.

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The Black Athlete

George Floyd and the Criminalization of the Black Athletic Body

55 min.

Watch

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'Reality vs. Perception':

A Poem By Tyler Lockett

Seahawks Tyler Lockett delivers a powerful original poem about the state of social injustice in America with help from other NFL players

 (2 min.)

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Perceived Racial

Differences in Athletic Ability

Clip from "Race the

Power of an Illusion"

 (2 min.)

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Uncomfortable Conversations

with a Black Man

NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, sits with Emmanuel Acho

 (2 parts, 19 min. total)

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Race, Sports & Politics

Focuses on the race-based athletic activism that emerged in the wake

of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis in the summer of 2020.

 (1 hour 43 min.)

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Baseball player Jackie Robinson, the first black athlete to play in Major League Baseball

 (2 hour 8 min.)

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Ali

The film focuses on ten years in the life of the boxer Muhammad Ali 

from 1964 to 1974,

 (2 hour 36 min.)

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Shut Up and Dribble:

Sports, Politics and Progress

with David Zirin

 (59 min.)

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Colin in Black and White

Colin Kaepernick narrates this drama series recounting his formative years navigating race, class and culture while aspiring for greatness.

Other Resources

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Black Girl

Hockey Club

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Black Players

for Change

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Black Women's

Player Collective

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The Players

Alliance