Stop Whining About the NFL Protests Already

Fortune published an op-ed by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the continuing NFL protests for social justice and against police brutality. Armour points out that public opinion was against civil disobedience and protesting leading up to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and current polling does not reflect the potential long-term impact of…

Dozens of NFL teams protest national anthem after Trump comments

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about NFL players and owners reacting to President Donald Trump’s statements about kneeling during the national anthem. Armour told FOX 11 most people don’t realize this movement started during the Obama administration, not under Trump. “A lot of people attribute the…

What is antifa – and does its rise mean the left is becoming more violent?

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Jody Armour about the false assertion that left-leaning individuals are becoming more violent in their political opposition. While the antifa catalog of opposition is broad enough to resonate with progressives who don’t condone violence, even as self-defense, antifa groups make up only a small sliver of progressives and liberals, says…

Sports and Racial Justice in America

To some, it represents the highest ideals of our society. To others, it is a symbol of unfulfilled potential at best, outright oppression at worst. Are we referring to the American flag? Or to American sports? This debate is about more than one athlete or one gesture. It is about an institution, a system of competition, dominance, and deeply ingrained beliefs. In this episode, we examine this balance of power—and the protestors who are trying to change it. In front of a live audience at the USC Gould School of Law, Prof. Jody David Armour interviews ESPN writer Jason Reid about Colin Kaepernick, political activism, and being black in America.

Special thanks to the USC Gould School of Law for sponsoring this event and allowing us to record as part of this ongoing series of conversations bringing you the smartest minds from the University of Southern California and beyond, wrestling with the defining challenges of our time.

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Colin Kaepernick Is Paying the NFL’s Black Tax

Fortune published an op-ed by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on whether football quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s inability to get signed by an NFL team has to do with his skills or political beliefs. Armour contends that wealth and status do not insulate Kaepernick and other successful black Americans from the “black tax.” “It…

The Killings Of Black Men Are More Likely To Be Labelled ‘Justifiable’

Good interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on why the justice system is more likely to consider a self-defense defense justifiable if the threat is presented by a black victim. The key legal test for determining whether a homicide was justifiable is something called the “reasonable person standard,” says Armour — in cases…

Through LAPD’S citizens academy, single mom takes another step toward her dream

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on whether the Los Angeles Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy provides an accurate representation of law enforcement and its flaws. The LAPD academies should do their best to represent not only the views of the department but also those with differing perspectives, including…

Trump’s incorrect tweet on General John Pershing

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about President Donald Trump’s false representations of General John Pershing. He says for Trump’s base, truth, doesn’t necessarily matter. “Whether or not the story’s true, what Trump is really saying is I’m willing to go beyond politically correct limits to protect…

In light of white nationalism and counter-protests, we revisit the First Amendment

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the legal limits of protesting hate speech. So what are the legal limits of protesting hate speech? Is violence ever justifiable and in what situations? What are the strategic and legal approaches to fighting movements that protesters view as morally reprehensible? Listen to the…