Athlete Activism: #TakeTheKnee Protests
Last weekend, President Trump made a number of inflammatory statements concerning about professional athletes, particularly NFL players who chose to kneel during the national anthem over the last year. In response, the "#TakeTheKnee" protests expanded into a movement, putting a spotlight on the influence of athletes and their organizations in the national discourse on race, equality, and patriotism.
Today, we discuss the evolution, outcomes, and trajectory of this ongoing phenomenon.
- Dan Lebowitz, Executive Director, The Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University
- Jamil Smith, contributing writer at The Daily Beast
- Nicole Kraft, co-director of Ohio State University Sports & Society Initiative and Assistant Professor of Journalism and Sports Media, The Ohio State University
- Keith Woods, Vice President, Newsroom Training and Diversity, NPR