Mar. 26, 2018 – David J. Leonard

David J. Leonard’s presentation, Playing While White: Power, Privilege and the Politics of Protest,” will take place in 101 Chambers Building, on Monday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m.

Description: While black athletes, from the WNBA to the NFL, are using their platforms to protest injustice, white athletes are cashing in on their options. They are empowered to speak out, or be silent, to engage in organized politics or simply focus on the game. #PlayingWhileWhite

This event is co-sponsored with the Department of Kinesiology.

Leonard is professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman. With a B.A. in black studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he has dedicated his career to interdisciplinary scholarship, transformative teaching, and research that underscores the continued significance of race within popular culture, the structures of politics, and society at large.

He is the author of Screens Fade to Black: Contemporary African American Cinema and coeditor of Criminalized and Commodified: New Racism and African Americans in Contemporary Sports (Rowman and Littlefield). He is author of After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness (SUNY Press) as well as several other works. Leonard is a regular contributor to NewBlackManlayuplineFeminist Wire, and Urban Cusp. He is a past contributor to EbonySlam, and Racialicious as well as a past contributor to Loop21The Nation, and The Starting Five. He blogs at No Tsuris. Follow him on Twitter @drdavidjleonard.


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