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Athlete Activism: #TakeTheKnee Protests

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Large American flag displayed at First Energy Stadium before a Cleveland Browns football game.

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.

Guests:

  • 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