Kevin Blackistone, UMD community discuss roles of athletes in activism

By: Ayana Archie,  The Diamondback
March 12, 2018

...On the ground in Missouri, Zirin observed much of what the rest of us didn't, and a reversal of Carrington's theory: The football players were not moved to action until the black women on campus moved them. Their protest also came after one student, who was not on the team, went on a hunger strike.

"What was really interesting to me was that I could not find a black athlete [at Missouri] who said that they had faced racism on campus," Zirin said. "And I also could not find a black student [not on an athletic team] at Missouri who said they had not faced racism on campus."

Acts like these, where the interest of the group is placed over the interest of the individual, are necessary, said panelist Grant Farred, an Africana studies and English professor at Cornell University.

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Kevin Blackistone, UMD community discuss roles of athletes in activism