Take a knee, take a stand
When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the national anthem at the outset of this year’s NFL season, he made waves throughout the sports world.
Inspired by the widespread debate that followed, an all-star panel of writers and activists will take the stage at Concordia on February 17 for "Taking A Knee, Taking a Stand: Resistance and Sports in the Age of Trump.” They’ll discuss not only the anthem protests, but also the broader historical and present contexts of athletes who stand up for social justice.
The presenters will focus on how sports fans, athletes, journalists and activists can fight against oppression, and how sports can build safer spaces for women, the LGBTQ community and people of colour.
Representatives from Concordia’s Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) will open the panel, discussing their joint initiative with the Stingers varsity teams to provide consent workshops to all university athletes.
Ahmed, a Muslim feminist, will speak about Islamophobia in sports, particularly in the context of US president Donald Trump’s recent move to ban migrants from several Muslim-majority countries.
Zirin, in turn, will bring attendees the courtside perspective, exploring the frontlines of anti-racist and feminist struggles in North American sports today.
"Taking A Knee, Taking a Stand: Resistance and Sports in the Age of Trump” will take place on Friday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Room H-110 of the Henry F. Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W).