A Word … With Jason Johnson

No Flag, No Anthem, No Apologies

Gwen Berry is a leading woman in the Kaepernick era of activist athletes, but she’s not alone.


Episode Notes

Even as conservative critics call for her to be ousted from the Olympic squad, track and field athlete Gwen Berry won’t back down after protesting the American flag and national anthem during the Olympic trials. Amira Rose Davis joins the show to contextualize Berry in a long history of Black and female athlete activists. She also explains the personal risks these athletes take in peacefully protesting, even as institutions began paying lip service to the Black Lives Matter cause.

Guest: Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor of history and African American studies at Penn State University and co-host of the feminist sports podcast, Burn It All Down.

Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis.


About the Show

America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having … the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock to empty promises to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race—ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word … with Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists, and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race and offer ideas on the way forward.

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