Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi Racism & Sports: Changing Athletics, Changing Society

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Jemele Hill is an award-winning sports journalist, a writer at The Atlantic, and host of the Unbothered podcast. She was a co-host of SportsCenter on ESPN and a Senior Correspondent and Columnist for their website, The Undefeated, before leaving the network in 2018.

Dr. Kendi and Hill have a thought-provoking conversation about overhauling sports – from ownership to fandom to media – in the pursuit of an antiracist future.

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  • Dr. Kendi explains how writing about sports led him to eventually write about racism. Where and how did your antiracist journey begin?
  • Dr. Kendi and Jemele Hill outline some of the positive changes that can be made to sports journalism and the media in general, to tell more representative, equitable stories. What are some of the changes you would like to see to how sports are covered in America?
  • Jemele Hill talks about the lack of representation of Black athletes in the community of journalists who cover them, reminding us that roughly 80% of sports reporters are white men. How do you think sports coverage would change if the reporters better reflected the athletes they’re covering?
  • Jemele Hill argues that sports fans – in addition to athletes – have the power to demand more from athletic organizations, in the ways of equity and justice for players. Are you a sports fan? What can you do as a fan and a consumer to better support athletes of color?



The Host

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the host of Be Antiracist. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU…