Skip to main content

Racial Injustice and The Agency of The Modern Athlete

(Photo Credit: news.fordham.edu)

File
by

A groundbreaking day in the sports world. After Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bucks made a decisive call: they boycotted their playoff game against Orlando. Soon after, the rest of the league halted for three days. Several other demonstrations in the WNBA and Major League Baseball followed suit. In a year of unrest, athletes have not shied away from the spotlight. The overarching question: how do their symbolic gestures turn into systemic change? Mark Conrad is the Director of the Sports Business Program at Fordham. He joins Fordham Conversations host Emmanuel Berbari to discuss the relationship between professional sports, racial injustice and the agency of the modern athlete.