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Kenneth Sean Chaplin and Jeffrey Montez de Oca

Over the past two seasons, African-American NFL players have protested against state violence in communities of color. Race-based protest movements in US sport are not new. They have taken many forms and functions, and have encompassed a broad range of actors/actresses who share similar visions and

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Kwame J.A. Agyemang, Brennan K. Berg, and Rhema D. Fuller

John Carlos’ silent protest (i.e., institutional disruption) during the men’s 200-m medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The following question guided our research: How do institutional actors reflect on and discuss acts that defy institutional rules and norms? We believe research

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Chris Knoester, B. David Ridpath, and Rachel Allison

because of the controversy and outrage that emerged in response to quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 decision to begin kneeling during the playing of the national anthem at National Football League (NFL) football games to protest racial/ethnic inequalities and especially police violence. There are long

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Brian Wilson and Nicolien VanLuijk

In this paper, we report findings from a study that examined Canadian mainstream media coverage of anti-Olympic protests occurring before and during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Our study included an experiment with a hybrid analytic approach, as we drew together Johan Galtung’s ( 1998 ) “peace

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Daniel Read and Daniel Lock

; Næss, 2019 ). Yet, as Thorson and Serazio ( 2018 ) argue, American sports and politics are symbiotically related. Consequently, when athletes express political views and protest social issues, sport organizations that claim to be apolitical are cast into political debates. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick sat

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Kerry R. McGannon and Ted M. Butryn

cases, older White men ( Oates & Furness, 2014 ). Athlete Activism in Trump America Despite the central role that the NFL and individual teams played in the discourses surrounding former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest to raise awareness of police brutality toward Black

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Hans C. Schmidt

positions of prominence to advance their own political and social viewpoints. Admittedly, such moves are not entirely new in the world of sport, and notable athletes from the past like Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos captured international attention with their verbal and nonverbal protests ( BBC

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Ryan Murtha

real time upon which an untold amount of future scholarship will be based. Historian Eric Burin clearly has been thinking about this as well, giving us an edited collection of essays that he called “a first draft of history.” Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in 21 st Century

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Grace Yan, Ann Pegoraro, and Nicholas M. Watanabe

Athletes’ involvement in activism has been a critical subject that illuminates the capabilities, meanings, and struggles of sport ( Agyemang, Singer, & DeLmore, 2010 ; Cunningham & Regan, 2012 ; Edwards, 1969 , 2016a , 2016b ; Hartmann, 2004 ). Recent athlete protests at a series of sporting

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Qingru Xu and Andrew C. Billings

On June 23, 2017, at the World Tour Platinum China Open, a top-tier table tennis tournament, three Chinese athletes—the top-three-ranked male table tennis players in the world—withdrew from their second-round singles matches to protest the sudden removal of Head Coach Liu Guoliang. The three