Episode for January 13, 2022
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26 mins Stephen Marche is a novelist, essayist and cultural commentator. He is the author of half a dozen books, including The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the Twenty-First Century (2016) and The Hunger of the Wolf (2015). He has written opinion pieces and essays for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Walrus and many others. He is the host of the hit audio series How Not to F*ck Up Your Kids Too Bad, and its sequel How Not to F*ck Up Your Marriage Too Bad on Audible, and is currently at work on a book about the possibility of a civil war in the United States for Simon and Schuster.
1:03 Etan Thomas has amassed an amazing collection of interviews intertwined with the heartfelt commentary of his own to create a masterpiece. You’ll read the voices of athletes, activists, media personalities, scholars, and the family of victims of police brutality.
These voices include Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Bill Russell, D Wade, Russell Westbrook, Steve Kerr, Oscar Robertson, Mark Cuban, Michael Bennett, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Swin Cash, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Webber, Michael Bennett, Jamal Crawfor, The Fab Five’s Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, and Jimmy King, John Carlos, Laila Ali, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Bradley Beal, Tamika Catchings, Curtis Conway, Laila Ali, Harry Edwards, Chris Hayes, Craig Hodges, Chamique Holdsclaw, ESPN’s Scoop Jackson, Bomani Jones, Michael Smith, Michael Wilbon and Jemele Hill, Shaun King, Ted Leonsis, Thabo Sefolosha, James Blake Torrey Smith, Eric Reid, Shannon Sharpe, Anquan Boldin, Ilyasah Shabazz, Kenny Smith, David West, Jahvaris Fulton (brother of Trayvon Martin) Emerald Snipes (daughter of Eric Garner) Alysza Castille (sister of Philando Castille) Valerie Castille (mother of Philando Castille) and Tiffany Crutcher (sister of Terence Crutcher)
Today’s athletes have delves into politics, current events, presidential elections, Black Lives Matter, women’s rights, murders at the hands of the police, mass incarceration, and the list goes on and on. We Matter highlights and discusses this new wave of athlete activism; dispels the myth that current athletes are not connected and affected by what goes on not only within the confines of their own communities, but across society as a whole; gives credit and pays homage to the athletes of yesteryear who have paved the way for the Colin Kaepernicks and Lebron James’s of the world to be as vocal as they are today; and encourages athletes of the future to continue to use their voice to bring about change
Over the past decade, we have witnessed an unprecedented number of athletes across all sports using their positions, their platforms, their celebrity and the power of their voices for change. Athletes have an unprecedented ability to influence fashion, pop culture, and politics with their actions. It is refreshing to see many acting on their convictions. Muhammad Ali once said,”I don’t have to be who you want me to be. I’m free to be who I want.”
we talk about Etan’s newest book Police Brutality and White Supremacy: The Fight Against American Traditions