President Donald Trump and the NFL continue to wage war over athletes’ right to protest during the national anthem. Earlier this month, Trump suggested that instead of protesting, NFL players should give him names of people who they think are “unfairly treated by the justice system.” In an editorial for the New York Times, four current and former NFL players argued that it is not about individual pardons, it is about systemic injustice.
Host Frank Stasio talks with popular culture experts Mark Anthony Neal and Natalie Bullock Brown about their statement in this episode of #BackChannel, The State of Things’ recurring series connecting culture and context.
They also discuss the swell of women of color running for political office in the United States, some of whom have garnered historic wins: London Breed became San Francisco’s first black female elected mayor, Stacey Abrams became the first black woman major party nominee for governor and just this week 28-year-old Latina Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated an incumbent congressman for his seat.
Also, Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon, North Carolina was designated a National Treasure in a ceremony last week. What implications does this have for the artist’s legacy? Plus, Neal and Bullock Brown review two new artistic meditations on marriage: Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s joint album “Everything Is Love,” and “Love Is __,” a new show on OWN from creator Mara Brock Akil about her love story. They also discuss the second season of “Dear White People” on Netflix and the new EP from Black Thought and 9th Wonder, “Streams Of Thought Vol. 1.”
Netflix's "Dear White People"
OWN's "Love Is __"