A brief history of sports and political protest
Sept. 25, 2017
President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks regarding football players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a 200-player protest, but it’s not the first time politics and sports have mixed.
“It’s a big hot mess” said Arizona State University professor and sports historian Victoria Jackson, “the best approach to this is to take a big step back.”
Jackson believes the conflict between the President and professional athletes shouldn’t be looked at as athletes bringing politics into sports because historically, sports has been a political project.
In that sense, according to Jackson, the protests occurring on the field aren’t abnormalities, but part of history.