Taking a Knee: A conversation with Terrance Steward

Topic: Taking a Knee: a conversation with Terrance Steward
Segment: D Report
Participants: Terrance Steward, educator, community organizer, civil rights advocate and scholar
Broadcast Air Date: 10/ 06 /17 on KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
KUCR station page: http://www.kucr.org
Archive page: https://soundcloud.com/stoppretending
Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org

Discussion points:
– How did the NFL take center stage as a place of political debate?
– What is missing from the conversation around the NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem?
– What was the original intent of Colin Kaepernick taking a knee?
– Why is major league football a good place to take the protest against police abuse, unjust killings and systematic oppression?
– Does the football draft have parallels to slavery?
– Are the players being reduced to being bodies and not brains?
– Why the focus on kneeling and not on why players are choosing to kneel?
– Is this protest cause fights in people’s homes?
– Are people deciding what side of history they are going to be on?
– Do some people feel as if their privilege is under attack?
– Do some people believe they are experiencing a form of genocide?
– Why is the protest to some people is about disrespecting the flag and for others about systematic oppressions, exclusion and structural racism?
– Didn’t Mahammad Ali also use sports to speak of protests?
– Would things be different of Colin Kaepernick was part of the Nation of Islam or Black Lives Matter?
– Why do people assume that athletes don’t have something to say, when we know the players are college educated?
– Are people only respecting the athletic abilities and not respecting the mental abilities?
– Why are people freaking out, when the protest does not include stopping from playing the game?
– Is taking a knee worse than standing with a hand over your heart; didn’t we bow down to the king?
– What if the players did a “ die- in” as a form of protest?
– Is kneeling a form of “respectable protest?”
– What are the symbols that we are fighting over?
– Why are symbols so dangerous?
– If this is about caring for the veterans, why don’t we care enough about the homeless veterans?
– Is the word “protest “too big of a word for this action?
– How much opportunity do these athletes have to bring up the pressing ussies facing out communities?
– Is this protest bring people together?
– Is the low-key revolution in sports and music?
– Doesn’t everyone’s opinion matter?
– Can we talk about capitalism?
– Isn’t the reason the rich stay rich , because poor stay poor?
– Are millionaires allowed to u talk about poverty?
– This NFL protest is more than about the players?
– Why aren’t we talking about racisms, classism, sexism and vulnerability by the masses?
– What happens when both groups boycott the NFL?
– Is the NFL asking itself, “how did this issue end up on our field?”
Are people forgetting that these athletes were not always rich?

Send comments about this segment to: comments@dreport.org
Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

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