Center for Critical Sport Studies

Pigskin, Patriarchy, and Patriotism: Athletic Protest in a Time of Nationalism Jeff Montez de Oca & Jeff Scholes

During the 2016 NFL preseason, Colin Kaepernick sat through the national anthem to protest police violence and racial inequality. Shortly after, he modified his action to kneeling during the anthem. His simple action triggered enormous reactions. Athletes across the NFL, in other professional sports, and at all age levels joined the protest. Others derided the action as unpatriotic and disrespectful. This ongoing protest is encouraging discussions of racialized state violence at a time of strident nationalism.

Jeff Montez de Oca (Sociology) and Jeff Scholes (Philosophy) will lead a discussion on the broader social, political, ethical, religious and economic dynamics of this protest and its opposition.

Presented by the Center for Critical Sport Studies, the summit will provide a broad overview of the emergent field called eSports as an industry and site of cultural practice. This event will feature two keynote speakers and a panel on the ethical challenges of inclusion in eSports. For more information on the summit, contact the Center for Critical Sport Studies.