FROM Howard Bryant
Confronting the myth of a ‘post-racial utopia’ in pro sports San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued to protest racial inequality and police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem Thursday . He was joined by teammate Eric Reid in taking a knee during the Star Spangled Banner before their game in San Diego. In Oakland, Seattle Seahawk Jeremy Lane sat down during the anthem as well. These NFL athletes are not the first to protest the state of race relations in America. But they’re being called unpatriotic by critics – in a world where competition and patriotism are inextricably linked. Why do professional sports and patriotism go hand in hand? Can athletes criticize the state of their country without losing support in the arena? And what does the reaction to Kaepernick’s protest among players say about race-relations within the NFL , where nearly 69 percent of players identify as black?
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”