In Photos: Sports and Race in America
Jeremy Lin’s path to the NBA was unlikely: not many players come from Harvard, and only 0.5% of college players were Asian-American during Lin’s time at university. He went undrafted but after a few seasons bumping around the league, Linsanity took over as he averaged 20.9 points per game and his New York Knicks won 10 of 13 games. ‘In some ways, Linsanity wouldn’t have been Linsanity if I was a different skin color, most likely, it wouldn’t have been as big of a deal,’ he reflected later. It did, however, open up a debate about Asian-American athletes in the States
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Colin Kaepernick lit a fire that still rages today when he knelt during the national anthem in a preseason game. Kaepernick said he was bringing attention to racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. His critics said he was disrespecting the flag and the military, although few could doubt Kaepernick’s commitment to a cause that looks to have cost him his NFL career.
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The Minnesota Lynx have been the WNBA’s most dominant team of the last decade, but they made an even bigger splash in 2016 when they wore black warmup shirts that said on the front, “Change starts with us. Justice & Accountability” with the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling on the back – two black men fatally shot by police officers.
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