‘Shut up and play’: a brief history of athlete activism

Doehler, Steph (2022). ‘Shut up and play’: a brief history of athlete activism. OpenLearn.

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Despite many sports organisers and fans maintaining a belief that sport and politics do not mix, sport has consistently proven itself as a breeding ground for activism and protest. The argument that sport and politics should be kept separate is perhaps most prevalent when it comes to athletes expressing their political views. This article examines the evolution of athlete activism, with a focus on American sports, where activism has been most prevalent.

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