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TTT1805 January 29 Sports Protests

When professional football players “took the knee” during the national anthem, supporters of groups like Black Lives Matter were heartened even as President Trump took to Twitter to incite an often fierce and abusive backlash. On the eve of the Super Bowl, TruthToTell explores the role of professional and amateur athletes in both men and women’s sports to bring visibility to issues of racial and social justice. Our guests include David Zirin, sports editor of The Nation and the country’s foremost writer on labor, race, and gender issues in sport, and Mel Reeves, human rights organizer, writer, and editor. Mel has organized a conference during Super Bowl weekend, Take a Knee Nation, to explore race, police violence, and the right to protest. His column, Mellaneous, appears in the Spokesman-Recorder. For more info: