University of Texas athletes have pushed their school to disavow its past. Wealthy alumni have other ideas.
The public’s emotional connection to big-money athletics has been grossly overestimated.
Amid renewed attention to inequity in American life, pro leagues shouldn’t strong-arm teams into playing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
His defiance changed baseball and helped assert Black people’s worth in American culture.
The NFL has pledged to address racism, but team owners still won’t put Black coaches in charge.
The defeated senator and Atlanta Dream co-owner is too far out of sync with the league’s values.
The coronavirus keeps infecting players and disrupting game schedules, but schools are acting as if the pandemic isn’t happening.
LeBron James and other players mobilized to oust the president, and it worked.
Despite the barriers, despite the pain, Kamala Harris becomes the first woman, the first Asian American, and the first Black American to be elected vice president.
The senator from California leaves no doubt that she belongs on the national stage.
Casting deaths like hers as unavoidable accidents shifts blame to Black people and undermines the cause of reform.
College presidents have made peace with the risks of playing during the pandemic.
They want to protect Black lives, and threatening an industry’s money and the public’s entertainment was the only option left.
Financially motivated wishful thinking has collided with reality.
DeSean Jackson’s Hitler moment—and mine—showed that Black Americans’ experience of racism doesn’t automatically sensitize us toward other forms of prejudice.
The league’s rhetoric conflicts with plutocrats’ political commitments.
When the league had the opportunity to be on the right side of history, it chose the coward’s path.
For those who strive to be more than average, discomfort is a source of strength.
Events without live spectators don’t change the basic problem: Athletes are vulnerable to the coronavirus too.
The Lakers legend was fearless, driven, and excellent.