On Colin Kaepernick’s Nike Ad: Will the Revolution Be Branded?

I’m happy for Kaepernick, AND I’m under no illusions—I know that this is a marketing/business decision for Nike. As Zirin writes: “In Nike’s antiseptic, hollow corporate-speak, Kaepernick is simply ‘moving the world forward.’ There is no mention here of police violence or racism. And it would be stupid to expect it. This is Nike. Asking them to be a voice for social justice is like asking a dog to meow.” 

—tk

 

Colin Kaepernick is now the face of Nike, which raises questions we should not be afraid to ask.

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» Teaching Materials — activism in sports  by the Zinn Education Project

The strike by the University of Missouri football team has led to the resignation (this morning) of the president of the university, Tim Wolfe. This is a great week to teach about the people’s history of sports. Here are some classroom resources: http://bit.ly/1Pl2UuP and here is the article by Dave Zirin about the football team’s strike from The Nation Magazine.

For the First Time in History, the World Series Is Between Two Teams That Were Never Segregated | The Nation

“Conflicting styles make or break great fights. Ali vs. Frazier was a great fight. Ali v. Wepner was not. The 2015 World Series on paper looks like it could be the former: a clash of contrasting, intriguing methodologies and matchups…But this World Series represents more than just series of tantalizing face-offs. It also has some historical bite.”

 

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