This board explores the noteworthy achievements of Black and Brown athletes, who were once barred from competing in sports, and it examines lingering…
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"Wild how so many of the same people burning their entire Nike wardrobes because they think an NFL player is disrespectful to the American flag don't want you to touch the Confederate monuments of soldiers who fought a war *against* the country & flag they claim to love so much." ~ @ClintSmithhill
While wearing a Black Wonder Woman top at the USATF Outdoor Championships, Alysia Montaño runs the 800-meter race while five-months pregnant and beats her old time. This was her second time racing while pregnant, June 2017. Source: Alysia Montaño — in Sacramento, California.
More than a fight -Boxers, more than many other athletes, often come to represent nations, political mvmnts & social causes. AA boxers have played a role in some of the most significant political controversies in US history. Some of the sport's most important matches have been linked to a wide range of social issues, including democracy, segregation, wartime patriotism, the Civil Rights Mvmnt, black power & anticolonial battles in Africa. Source: Smithsonian National Museum of African Amer. Hist
Notions of Femininity Throughout most of the 20th century, tennis fans expected finesse and timidity in the women's game. But Althea Gibson was an aggressive tennis player who hit powerful groundstrokes and was unafraid to charge the net. Because of Gibson's race and style of play, critics erroneously accused her of lacking femininity. Source: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
You may well ask, "Why direct action?" Why sit ins, marches, and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?" Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to...foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963
During warmups before the Bulls-Warriors game, Chicago’s Derrick Rose wore a t-shirt that said “I can’t breath.“ LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers also wore the shirt before his game against the Brooklyn Nets. This is the phrase Eric Garner shouted 11 times as a member of the NYPD choked him to death, December 2014.
The Great White Hope This newspaper photographer shows a little girl asking Jim Jeffries to come out of retirement to fight Jack Johnson Jack Johnson was a black boxer who beat Jeffries at a time when masculinity was conceived as inextricably tied up with whiteness. Johnson's victory, then, posed a problem for white supremacy. If, as was popularly held, black men could not exemplify true masculinity, then why couldn't white America find a white boxer to beat Johnson?
What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick's choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos's raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities. Failure to fix this problem is what's really un-American here. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar