Now’s the time to screen this video about activist-athletes!

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Thanks to the uproar surrounding Donald Trump’s attack on the free speech rights of activist-athletes over the weekend, the relationship between sports and politics has never been more clear.

If you’re looking to make sense of this growing controversy with your students, we encourage you to check out the amazing Dave Zirin in our video Not Just a Game: Power, Politics & American Sports.

Zirin, the sports editor of The Nation magazine, has emerged as one of the leading voices on the politics of sports.

Below is a clip from the film to give you a sense of Zirin’s take on the long history and storied tradition of protest in American sports culture.

 

 

The clip tells the story of John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics, an act that came with enormous consequences for both men.

We hope you’ll consider screening Not Just a Game in its entirety for your students. Dave Zirin’s take on sports and politics has never been as important as it is right now!