Howard Bryant on Black Athletes & Activism

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This week on CounterSpin: Surrounded by reporters eager to talk about the cancellation of the White House visit and new NFL policy on standing during the National Anthem, Malcolm Jenkins, safety for the Super Bowl–winning Philadelphia Eagles, chose not to speak, instead holding up signs with information on racism in the criminal justice system and community work players are doing. “Before the anthem even started, players were involved in these types of social justice issues,” Jenkins said afterward. “And so for us, it’s staying on topic, doing the work, supporting those who are doing the work and pushing forward.”

The work Jenkins is talking about is the topic of a timely new book by journalist Howard Bryant; it’s called The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America and the Politics of Patriotism. Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and author of a number of books, including Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston. We’ll talk with Howard Bryant today on CounterSpin.

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And Janine Jackson takes a quick look at “Trumpwashing.”

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