I am a quarterly blogger on the Feminism and Religion website. My post up this week is on how race and privilege affected the NCAA investigation of the football program at University of North Carolina. If you enjoyed the Calling Audibles series, you will want to check out this post. If you are interested in issues of white privilege and race, you will want to read it, too. And if you are just curious about how in the world feminism and football could possibly have anything to say to each other, then I hope you’ll read on and let me know what you think. Here are the first couple of paragraphs.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of the skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be 84 years old today had his life not been ended by violence in 1968. For those who shuttered at the vision he had the courage to share with our nation during his ministry, his death no doubt was an illusory… Read the full post
“I come from a place, I am going to a place, I am and I am.” -Jo Carson We came from California, Georgia, Utah, Michigan, North Carolina, and New Mexico. We came from New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, and South Carolina. We carried with us and within us cultures, languages, stories, habits, manners and mannerisms from centuries and generations and from all around the world—from Korea to Africa, from Ireland to Venezuela, from Germany to Scotland, from Greece to Egypt and other places we did not or could not name. We came from families, from congregations, from partnerships, and from… Read the full post
“If the LORD does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless.” –Psalm 127: 1 The NCAA has taken a stand against the culture of football at Penn State. Their attempt to take the moral high ground against a culture they helped to create raises some big questions for me. I heard the Chair of the Executive Committee of the NCAA (which, by the way, is not the Rainbow Coalition–check out the roster. By my count 20 of the 23 members are white and 19 of the 23 members are male) say that Chancellors and Presidents… Read the full post
I’ll admit it, during the last several weeks I lost my stinger about speaking out about the problems of big-time football. I felt like “what’s the point.” I felt silenced by the situation—by our discernment of what we should do next, by the way UNC took John and me and the other coaches’ families out of the conversation, by the fact that I am female and there are those who feel that because of that I should be quiet about football. Truth is, I was enforcing my own silence on these topics. On Wednesday I participated in the panel discussion… Read the full post