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hi i 3 i k you are watching the stream on today's episode great looking at sport from the perspective of the fact loving sports when they don't allow feedback modern dilemma's of a sports fan that's today's topic inspired by this book the openness i joining us as well hi jessica like really good to see tell welty you are what you do jessica. yes i'm just going with her i'm a freelance journalist i live in austin texas i host
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a feminist sports podcast called for all down and then of course i'm the co-author of this book with. your feet. high ok so davidson i'm based in new york i'm a sports writer and a podcast host i host the athletics flagship show the lead and very proud to be the co-author of this book as well. i love that we have 3 women talking about sport oil spill since they say in america audi is heads name will explode if they're exploding and when you cheat that's ok jump into the comments section if you've got questions but jessica ok feel about being a sports fan in some ways that big dynamics that go along with that jump into that you cheat comments and each he can be part of the conversation let's talk about these modern dynamics what as a as a sports final fantasy sports what that actually means why did you get to get that to like the book just kick. well i think especially as women in this
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space we're constantly made to feel like we don't belong as sports fans let alone as sports writers and journalists and you know i think that a lot of the frustrations that arise from that from being kind of labeled as the unicorn in the room is how i put it really led to you know just wanting to write this book and to do with deeper examination of some of those dilemmas and still why we continue coming back to sports why we love them so much even when they might not always return the favor. yeah i mean can we really hit it i think the book is structured with 14 chapters i think we ended up with each chapter is a different theme or an issue within sport that if country just sports fan might have so brain trauma racism or sexism l.g.b. t.q. athletes racist mascots like this all kinds of stuff and these are the things i can view and i as fans ourselves things that really wrestle with every time that we
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turn on the t.v. or go to a match or a game and we just really wanted a space where we could work that out for ourselves and talk to a bunch of people who also feel that way who are experts in these fields and and put all of these different topics in conversation with each other. such good timing i want to share with us i have 9 here now will people set off the perspiring of n.b.a. playoff games in protest of the shooting of jake lake so you book came out just around about cody just around about 7 eighth's stream activism from players who up until not playing at being told politics and sports activism and spool it was a really tricky area and then kind of it happened and then the plotlines massive movement became more prominent around the world so this moment when there was these wild cat strikes phaethon jessica how did you break that down in the book the book was just about coming out so how does that reflect what you've written to really like your philosophy of the difficulty of being
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a time and seeing after 8 being activists at the same time well i will say that it's very strange whenever someone says how good timing the book boys coming out of the time because when kobe hit when really go bare that to be a player tested positive at the entire league shutdown we had a panic moment just then i had a call with our publisher and we were like is it going to be relevant is it going to be insensitive people are dying like do they want to hear about the problems that we have within sport and it turns out because of all of the dilemmas that the pandemic has kind of brought to the forefront and then obviously the black lives matter movement really going global as you said it's been very strange and very very surreal to see the book be more relevant than we ever thought it could be what we try to unpack we have a chapter in it in the book of specifically about athlete activism and about why basically sticking to sports isn't an option for
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a lot of people particularly for black men and women in america and for athletes finally realizing how much power they have and how much voice they have and being able to give like speak truth to that power and speak truth to to what they've actually what they have in their hands has been really something to see. yes i'll just add that to add that in the chapter about sports and politics is a lot about athlete activists because there's a long history of that and what we saw with the milwaukee bucks and the w. m.b.a. and all kinds of activism around the world really and sport that history is there but politics and sports are always linked and it's been very clear here in the united states as we went through a presidential election that i know a lot of people who are following college football and its return to the field was part of a presidential debate right that sports often finds itself with in politics as much
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as we see politics and sport and those 2 things are always mary i always think about the fact that we call them political races even the language that we use with them politics has a sports inflection to it because those 2 things are so similar within so many cultures so yeah but you can't stick to sports right so what we saw with the wildcat strikes it was an extreme version of something and there could be and i like to have her on that side of i would say just for the full strength spectrum but this is just part of a long history it's. tell us a story from the book or is that the just just tease people a little bit over the activist who we may not have before. like who's in the book. remembering your bugs. we talk about in the book i'm going to bring. back the fool taking and me telling me
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yes thank you is a tommy thompson and she many years ago now so we would think it was during the i guess 1st when was that it would have been after 911 so it was you know almost 20 years ago and she was playing in a very small school in basketball women's college basketball and had her own sort of political awakening and really started to question whether or not the united states flag and the anthem represented her she one of her parents is black and she identifies that way and with all the nationalism after 911 she'll really uncomfortable and started to turn her back during the national anthem and it became a huge story somewhat because the new york times was right down the road that they could have heard it she had all this national press and it was it was a kind of action that we've had a lot of conversation around since calling copper neck the n.f.l. player took a knee a few years ago but we see people like tony who was doing it with even
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a tiny platform right there was a lot about the principal and what this meant to her and using sport as a place to do that. i'm going to share with our audience a quote from the book so i went to the to talk about why there's so much racism in the sport one of the main reasons that devoted sports fans may not feel welcome is that so much of the coverage is created by specific subset of that population mainly white men most of them straight the vast majority says gender. of sports media cannot be overstated i have heard so many times he is running like a net but across the field look at the bill will not actually and and these are up after this of i'm wondering if a sports passon else was jenna's of color but even you use that saying the naacp can defeat the you start on this one jessica you pick up yeah i it's really doesn't matter who is telling me stories and who is doing the coverage and i think that's
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why we do have a chapter about about sports media and diversity in sports media and the need for that and exactly what you said because we would not as people of color frame these stories in the same way and it matters to have a lot more voices and a lot more perspectives coming in especially when the athletes that we cover are people ringback of color and aren't just systemd or white men. it's also it speaks to a broader problem that we have in media particularly united states but i think we probably have has this problem in media throughout the world where the people in power look like the people who are telling the stories of the people who are doing the journalism and what we wanted to do in west chapter in our book was really highlight the fact that there are other people out there doing this work and they need to be heard and they need to be read and we need to support that. oh yeah one of my favorite parts of the book is when you just listen to janis it was like a school it's janis fiasco and it was going after
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a number of the number after that was if you didn't know that many you definitely know a load by the end of that chapter jessica sorry go ahead. yeah i know and that chapter is different than all the other ones in the book it has a different format it's much more almost like an oral history and what we did exactly what you said there are a lot of female journalists in that chapter and we asked them to tell us something about their experience within the field and we really left it open but we also just asked men of color we asked non-binary are. a sports reporters people whose voices we don't normally get to hear because it's really hard to overstate how. white and male sports media is like media in general has a diversity issue in these sorts of what's that going on my worst version of it while. you've been working and you just look around and describe what you see when you're in a working. i mean can i just say that. last year i went to the
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women's world cup and this is my story i don't often and impress boxes so that's not my experience i write a lot on the culture of sports programs and i'm not impressed boxes and i'll never forget last year going to the opener for the men's world cup and perez and walked in and was kind of taken aback about how many men there were there were definitely women there but we all kind of congregated together and what hit me was that they're sending people to cover it who normally cover soccer or football and so it's normally men right and so they've just shifted them over to cover the women for a month of time and you feel it like there is a physical reaction you have going in there about you recognize your differences sort of as soon as you step in that space. i can say having having been in quite a few press boxes myself you were very aware when you were the only woman in that
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space you were very aware when you're the only woman of color in particular and i you know i just as a quick story i was covering the n.b.a. all-star game at madison square garden in new york several years ago and you know the way that they have the press seating set up is they have 2 rows basically in the arena where it's just pressed and everyone has their headphones on and they're at their computer typing away and are covering the game and all of that and i noticed the entire press row lift their heads and pay attention to what was happening on the court because the cheerleaders took the court and it's things like that that make you very aware of when you are the only person who looks like you in the room. i wouldn't sink into. mascots if you think as you can you look a lot of those and a 2021 i was that the any mascots of native american indians any mascots that would make us go. that's not quite right because we think. it's
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a very good question why we're still grappling with this swiss is something that indigenous people especially in this country have been telling us that they are not ok with for shifty 60 years at this point i think that it has a lot to do with what our identities are and how they are wrapped up into our sports fandom and that's something that we actually interviewed a sports psychologist about about why it's so difficult for us to separate these these issues that we have with with with our own fandom and what she said basically was when your sports fandom is formed it tends to be earlier in life and it's tends to be a part of your own identity formation so if you are a fan of a team that has a racist native mascot when someone comes along and criticizes that you feel like they're criticizing you. they're criticizing from something very core to your identity even though this is hurtful to people and honestly we had we saw the
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washington football team change their name and their logo this this summer not out of frankly any goodness of their heart because investors had a problem with it so what we can do is we can follow the money and we can put actual monetary and financial pressure on people to ultimately do the right thing but it is very frustrating that this is still a conversation we're having and jessica will tell you there are still even though the washington football team in the n.f.l. change their name there are still 80 some odd high schools that still have that name and still have some kind of a logo that is problematic and it especially here especially in the united states it runs deep into our core also of our american identity and the foundation of this country based on that kind of violence and it really is difficult for people to try to reconcile those things ladies can i play a video comment fool here this is from elizabeth holloway she's a spokesperson for the exeter chiefs and the change in the x. to chiefs a united rugby team and just before we take
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a little bite from her she explains how when they are trying to talk about this the way that you've been speaking about it. the way that you test jessica that the fans got really aggressive and they didn't want to hear about racism actual and had a little bit more and he's a question for you. additionally the hypocrisy that we're seeing from people like the premiership who run the competition in england and the r.f.u. the rugby football union who are the regulator for rugby in the u.k. they both launched rugby against racism type initiatives yet when we raised the contradiction with them the exter is allowed to carry on using racist chants racist logos racist imagery they tell us that it's something completely different it's not racism it's not related it's completely different so that hypocrisy of why people say they're against racism say they're against causing offense once to have
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inclusion and equality yet don't think that this is a problem be really interested in your views on that do we just have to be patient and keep trying to educate and share these experiences or is there anything more we can to. that's so interesting to me because i'm so happy to have her here on this exeter chiefs as the example i always use of how this has breached the american borders. these images in other parts of the world and i think oh man that's such a good question it's such a hard one because here in the united states we've had indigenous native people for decades half a century telling people in power that these mascots are not honoring anyone that they are in fact bad and they should be changed and in that same time we've seen other teams change their logos change their team mascot it's a it's possible it's not like this is an impossible task we have seen it in action
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and yet still things don't change and one thing i'll point out i did some research and part of the chapter of we someone did i psychologists sociologist did a study about this and what they found is not just that need it that they have mascots make native people feel worse about themselves which that should be enough alone but that they actually make white people feel better about themselves and so you're really up against some big societal forces here and trying to get this change and i think what elizabeth this harking about there the people that love the exeter chiefs feel and this goes back to it could be thoughts had to they feel implicated in that racism when you tell them that there's something wrong with the mascot and maybe what they need is to really sit with the fact that maybe they are implicated and they cover really figure that out. i am looking at some questions on you. mind digging into them so d.t. poor d.c. pool thank you for watching. this topic that you bring up lisa was the thing out
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these modern dynamics of schools. and some talk about the digital ses talking about the negative negative aspect there's a little bit of tool that no one really sees them as negative. yeah i think that some fans do talk about these things the reason the whole reason that this book came about was because jessica and i and friends like us and people that we work with have these conversations all the time and one of the things that we really wanted to do with the book was allow the allow the space for these conversations to happen without someone questioning your own faith and if that makes sense we lead the book basically by saying we've love sports we love sports so much that we do this for a living that we cover these things but we believe that they can be better we want them to be better because we think that they have the capacity to do so so in having these conversations and we don't have all of the answers we like very decidedly say in the book we don't have solutions to hold still solutions here
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because none of these issues are actually black and white right and no individual fan is going to fix systemic racism however if you're at a bar whatever we're allowed to go to far as a guest and you're watching a game and someone mentions that they might be uncomfortable with a player who is up there because of something they've been accused of or that they're uncomfortable about the financial arrangement of the way the game is played being able to have that conversation without policing someone's fandom i think is really important for this if speakers who is like you watching the you cheap comments go whizzing by after a brief brief on says ok responses to these hamza bin alley to not thank you hamza schools because given too much importance by society yes he picked that one out of the coffee oh no i don't know if they're given too much importance they certainly are given a lot of importance and i think we just have to start think that's just the starting place so they're going to be important and we should be having these
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conversations around them. mohammed it clearly needs a says and it is picking up and get the money the money mention that you just make you feel why. don't make war return to the communities in which those clubs. locate it well because they don't have to. have a little yeah i guess if they answer people with a lot of money don't give away money for no reason so i must governments or of our official officials make them do that they're not going to. they is and i think it's a sport a sports have always done is they've it's athletes have always connected with what is going on in the rest of the well this question is from jennifer mccleary and she's an assistant professor and she has a question for the bush if you. talk about sports and progressive circles of society not don't focus in on this idea that representation matters if she could
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see it she could get my research power entices this assumption and says there are need to think about other issues that why below the surface of what we can see in terms of representation so for example my forthcoming book looks at you women and u.f.c. and knowledge increase their level of exposure by vast by and asked to agree in the past several years there are issues of labor exploitation pain already and sexism that lie below the surface that many to pay more attention to so my question for just a cat is why do you wish fans and supporters and women sports a penguin to join to new terms of equity and social justice. then bring in the good question. i think she had something so perfect that one of the issues with women's sports is that we're still just trying to get it on television a lot of the time we're just trying to get sports media coverage at all and so i do feel this i don't want to be the person who's badmouthing anything going on with women's sports because i don't want to give anyone who is ready to push it aside
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again a reason to do that right and so we're mean i'm glad that jenna's writing her book i think that's so great that we're going to have that you know text to turn to in order to dig into these issues more deeply and so part of what we need is we need more coverage better coverage we need a more expansive sports media around us so that we have a space to ask all these difficult questions but those don't displace just the general coverage that we get of women sport you feel. yeah i mean exactly what jessica said we need more coverage we need we just need to normalize the idea that not only do women love sports but women play sports and that women playing sports is something valuable is something that it's women's access to sport has been deemed by the united nations as a human right so there is a reason that we are pushing for this and in addition to to better coverage and better video archives and better stats being kept just being able to tell these
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stories because again these are human beings and they matter it's. i am just looking at your twitter feed so jessica and i may or may not be screaming right now i think you're screaming abu puts me out as one of the new york times best books to give this year hash tag a loving sports that we remind you nothing sports when they don't love you back die lemmas of the month and we just looked at barry surface of the book it's a juicy book if you will all sports there's so much in the head now that it's done now that you're talking about it if you could sum up the experience desk in a sentence and defeat in a sentence what would that sentence be oh my gosh in a sentence i just think this has been such a rewarding experience and one of the best things isn't meeting other fans who feel this way and feel seen by this book i think if the out rewarding and i think also cathartic i think it was cathartic to be able to write about these things and to
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have people agree and receive it in the way that they've been thank you thank you so much and also what what what struck me was that every day there is a new story that you could have put in your book after the shooting that about but it is relevant so don't you see i just can't compete and thank you so much we are going to continue the conversation or needs to graham live not just going to feet but with friend of the street maxwell p.s. he's an athlete he's a humanitarian and an optimist fam dynamos for me after these perspective 2030 g.m.t. that's from sunday but for now i believe that up and i with the next since a much money.
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business leaders just to find a bra spot. in 2008. traveled across the united states discovering what it was like to be both a patriotic american and a devout muslim can you be a muslim and american you hop to be american 1st i didn't have much appreciation for why it would be a big deal that a muslim deal led to the united states congress want to has changed rewind islam in america on al-jazeera. the latest news while not all of those displaced have witnessed the attacks others recount they say the stories they heard from family members and relatives were enough to make them come here rather than think that detail coverage challenge the government faces is aware that it can persuade people to keep abiding by restrictions when they need to work the defense
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from around the world. the so-called swedish model may be under some pressure but a full lockdown is unlikely and perhaps even impossible. from the from venice of caracas to the battlefields around also our job is to get to the truth and empower people through knowledge. and. i know i marianna was in on the new quick look at the headlines this hour a record number of people have been hospitalized with the crying a virus in the u.s. new lockdown orders have now come into effect in parts of california impacting more than 33000000 people restaurants a close to in person dining in many other places like hair and nail salons museums and playgrounds have been completely shot rob reynolds brings us more now from los angeles. it's really all about hospitals and hospital capacity and that is running
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