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ESPN is Lost and so are We

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on our sports website and has been republished here.

ESPN ignited a controversy this past week with it’s handling of a situation involving Jemele Hill, a black woman who co-anchors the SportsCenter desk (The Six for it’s 6 pm slot) for the company along with Michael Smith, a black man. Ordinarily these definers might seem strange but we live in strange times. They are important because racism still exists and is bolstered by our current political climate.

Hill drew the ire of many folks, seemingly including her employer ESPN, with a series of tweets about our current President, Donald J. Trump. Not only do I invite you to read these tweets I beg you to read the entire threads because within these threads lie our collective truth.

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Black Friday Podcast Wrap Up

Back Talk returned with a post mortem on the 2016 presidential election. Stocks are tanking so invest heavily in adult beverage commodities. I’ll be in my bunker for the next decade or so.

You can listen to Friday’s episode here.

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Podcast Wrap Up – Only A Pawn In Their Game

Colin Kaepernick set off what has turned out to be a polarizing discussion on protest in America when he refused to stand for the national anthem prior to a (gasp!) exhibition football game. Protest has long been utilized in this country as a mechanism for change yet we still seem uncomfortable with it. We often don’t want to see things that conflict with what we were taught or grew up believing.

Protest by definition is supposed to be discomforting otherwise it would not be effective. This country was founded on protest and our national documents recognize this as an inalienable right.

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