Via Dion Beary at The Atlantic. “Don’t laugh: WWE has been trying to show some social consciousness lately. So why does it still insist on making its minority wrestlers into grill-wearing, thuggish B-listers?” Excerpt below:
In the fictional WWE storylines, being the world champion means you are the best wrestler. But [...]
Via The Root: Students at a Philadelphia-area high school are being punished for not using the word “r*dsk*n.”
Like the Washington, D.C., NFL team that just lost its trademark, Neshaminy High School has as its mascot a brown man’s face wearing a headdress—and the mascot is called “R*dsk*n,” a term that is offensive [...]
Via Valerie Alexander @ Jezebel: There are few sporting events I get as excited about as the World Cup. I played soccer in high school, in the NCAA, and for five years post-college, including two glorious years in the Golden Gate Women’s League, Premier Division. What the U.S. Men’s National Team has [...]
Via HuffPost: After holding a hearing to air their concerns over college football players unionizing, congressional Republicans took their opposition to the idea a step further on Thursday, filing a brief with the federal labor board against collective bargaining for college athletes.
The brief, submitted by six Republicans [...]
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) decided the case Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc., declaring the “R*dskins” name is derogatory and offensive to Native Americans and calling for cancellation of the team’s six trademark registrations.
Via ThinkProgress Sports: A man identifying himself as a police officer reportedly pointed a gun and fired live rounds at a small gathering of demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday evening, while another police officer fired live rounds into the air as other police attempted to disperse an anti-FIFA protest during Brazil’s World [...]
Brazilian Police Fire Tear Gas at World Cup Protesters, CNN World, June 12
Demonstrators clashed with the police in São Paulo and Rio a few hours before the opening game of the World Cup, NY Times, June 12
World Cup protester Pepper-Sprayed [...]
Robin Boylorn from The Crunk Feminist Collective weighs in on Rashad McCants interview:
In the last few weeks McCants has returned to the spotlight, this time whistleblowing on the problematic practices of academic misconduct at UNC from his college years. I can’t say I was shocked by the allegations but I am [...]
If you missed the 60-second commercial during the NBA Finals tonight, here is a 2-minute version. Go to ChangeTheMascot.org for more on the campaign.
Via Amy Sun @Everyday Feminism: In the wake of Title IX’s fortieth anniversary, we have a lot to celebrate.
The 2012 Summer Olympics were lauded as the “Title IX Games” by most, because this was the first generation that largely grew up in the post-Title IX era. For the first time, [...]
Via Financial Juneteenth: Here is what Cuban said during an interview that aired on ESPN:
“I know I’m prejudiced, and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways. If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side [...]
Via Democracy Now: In his new book, “Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy,” sportswriter Dave Zirin tackles the growing unrest in Brazil in the lead-up to one of sport’s biggest spectacles. Thousands of police officers have joined bus drivers [...]
Dr. Cornel Pewewerdy provides a historical and current foundation on Indian Sports Mascots in his new TEDTalk:
“Walk a Mile in My Redface: On Ending the Colonial in Schools, Sports Culture, Mass Media and Civic Life.”
Director of Portland State’s Indigenous Nations Studies program, Professor Cornel Pewewardy is a nationally known expert on Native [...]
Michael Sam has been drafted by the St. Louis Rams win the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He is the first openly gay athlete selected in the NFL Draft and becomes the first openly gay active player in NFL history. The ESPN video of Sam kissing his partner also makes [...]
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