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…

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…

Amid NFL stadium development, mayor discusses future of Inglewood

Inglewood Mayor James Butts envisions a future in which people on every flight landing at LAX look out the small cabin windows and see a gigantic multilayered sports entertainment district – a city within a city – lit up like Las Vegas. With the NFL choosing the Hollywood Park site for the return of the…