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

A Disparaging Video Prompts Explosive Fallout Within ESPN


The New York Times, July 2021

Olympics bans swim caps preferred by Black athletes with natural hair


Today, July 2021

N.F.L. Concussion Settlement

Will Drop Race-Based

Assessment for Payouts


The New York Times, June 2021

Athletes Will Never

Be Quiet Again


The Atlantic, May 2021

George Floyd changed the

world of athlete activism


The Washington Post, May 2021

The IOC Is Now Daring

Olympic Athletes to Protest


The Nation, May 2021

M.L.B. Pulls All-Star Game

From Georgia in Response

to Voting Law


The New York Times, April 2021

Black football agents face

another hurdle: Convincing White players to sign with them


The Washington Post, April 2021

OL Reign Unveil 2021

Jerseys Featuring Black 

Future Co-op Fund


OL Reign, April 2021

Hard Truths Deep Dive:

Racism in Sports


Axios, March 2021

MLB, NBA, and NHL Games

Are Canceled in the Twin Cities


The Nation, April 2021

With ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts

at issue, these prep athletes experienced the tension of activism


The Washington Post, March 2021

Morghan Chambers Makes

Some People Uncomfortable


Medium, March 2021

Why Pro Sports Should

Skip the National Anthem

The Atlantic, Feb. 2021

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

The Atlantic, March 2021

Curt Flood Belongs in

the Hall of Fame

The Atlantic, Feb. 2021

Kelly Loeffler Just Lost Her

WNBA Team to a Player She

Refused to Meet

The Nation, March 2021

WNBA improves on already stellar racial and gender hiring practices

ESPN, Feb. 2021

Black Coaches See the Limits

of the NFL’s Racial Reckoning

The Atlantic, Feb. 2021

How the court-martial of Jackie Robinson nearly derailed his

baseball career

The Undefeated, Jan. 2021

How the WNBA

helped flip Georgia blue

Vox, Jan. 2021

So much for progress on

inclusive hiring in the NFL

The Undefeated, Jan. 2021

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

The New York Times, Jan. 2021

2020 in review: Sue Bird, Alysha

Clark and Dee Gordon among

those who led Seattle athlete activism

The Seattle Times, Dec. 2020

MLB can add Negro Leagues to official records but can never

change what it did to Black players

ESPN, Dec. 2020

Why Coaching for

Social Justice Matters

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2020

Naomi Osaka: Athletes, Speak Up

The New York Times, Dec. 2020

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

four years after they began

The Washington Post, Aug 2020

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

The Undefeated, June 2019

Colin Kaepernick explains why

he sat during national anthem

NFL.COM, Aug. 2016


How the sports world failed when three Black women needed help


The 19th, July 2021


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


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

Arshay Cooper, 2020


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


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


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

Samantha Sheppard, 2020


Around the Rim

Girls of Color And Title I‪X

The Black Athlete

The history of the black athlete

in a contemporary conversation. 

Edge of Sports

Hidden History: The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Athlet‪e

50 min.

Edge of Sports

NFL Pro Bowler Michael Bennett

on the Power of Protes‪t

39 min.

Hour 4: Racism in Sports

A Conversation about Modern Day

Sports and Inherent Racism

42 min.

Mouthpeace with Michael Bennett & Pele Bennett

Be Yourself. Change

The World. with Laila Ali‪

48 min.


How Black Players Propelled Cleveland's Baseball Team To

Win The 1948 World Series

5 min.

Only a Game

A Conversation On Sports,

Racism And Police Brutality

55 min.

Only a Game

Special: Sports, Racism and

The Myth Of Meritocracy

49 min.

Racism at Work

Racism in sport: does football

hold a mirror up to society‪?‬

1 hour 15 min.

The Black Athlete

George Floyd and the Criminalization of the Black Athletic Body

55 min.


'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.)

Perceived Racial

Differences in Athletic Ability

Clip from "Race the

Power of an Illusion"

 (2 min.)

Uncomfortable Conversations

with a Black Man

NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, sits with Emmanuel Acho

 (2 parts, 19 min. total)

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.)


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

 (2 hour 8 min.)


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

from 1964 to 1974,

 (2 hour 36 min.)

Shut Up and Dribble:

Sports, Politics and Progress

with David Zirin

 (59 min.)

Other Resources


Black Players

for Change

Black Women's

Player Collective

The Players