Racism and Sport – The Power of Performative Action?

In 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, knelt during the US national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism in the US.

Members event, Webinar
20 October 2020 — 1:00PM TO 2:15PM

The sporting world had long been involved in the conversation on race but Colin Kaepernick’s protest gained unprecedented attention not least because of the response from policymakers in the US. Since then, footballers have walked off the pitch, sportswomen and sportsmen have taken a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and many across the sporting world have spoken about their personal experiences of racism.

From stereotyping to diversity in leadership positions, racism in sports mirrors racism in society. Collective performative action across the globe has been a powerful gesture in support of highlighting the multifaceted problem of racism in sport. But how can the sporting world ensure that their acts of protest are accompanied by meaningful institutional and structural change?

In this webinar, the panellists will explore what makes effective anti-racism activism in sport.

  • How are sporting organizations responding to the Black Lives Matter movement to address racism in their own organizational and operational structures?

  • What role can sport play in advancing broader policy discussions surrounding racism?

  • And to what extent should athletes be responsible for addressing problems of structural racism in their respective sports?

This event is organized in collaboration with Chatham House’s Common Futures Conversations, an online platform that connects young people across Africa and Europe with policymakers, academics and experts.

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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