GSM Live 05/22/2020: In Full View – Race, Sport & Privilege

BRUNSWICK, GA - MAY 09: Demonstrators raise their fists at a parade of passing motorcyclists riding in honor of Ahmaud Arbery at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Arbery was shot and killed while jogging in the nearby Satilla Shores neighborhood on February 23. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
BRUNSWICK, GA – MAY 09: Demonstrators raise their fists at a parade of passing motorcyclists riding in honor of Ahmaud Arbery at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Arbery was shot and killed while jogging in the nearby Satilla Shores neighborhood on February 23. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

In Full View – Race, Sport & Privilege (GSM Live 05/22/2020)

Ahmaud Arbery’s case has sparked outrage in the sports community. An athlete himself, Ahmaud was out jogging during the day on February 23rd when two armed men, claiming he resembled a burglar, fatally shot him. Among those in the sports world to condemn the killing was LeBron James who took to social media stating, “We’re literally hunted every day…” Athletes from around the country have now added their names to a letter demanding that the US Attorney General investigate the death and police handling of Arbery’s case, which took over two months to see Gregory and Travis McMichael, the two main suspects, arrested. Is this a new moment in athlete activism?

This week’s guests were Dr. Rashawn Ray (Sociologist at University of Maryland & Brookings Institute), Mirna Valerio (Marathon runner, Inclusion activist, and Author, “A Beautiful Work in Progress”), Dr. Lois Brown (Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University), and Dr. Louis Moore (Associate Professor of History (African American, Sport & Gender) at Grand Valley State University).

Hosted by: Dr. Scott Brooks, Director of Research at the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University.

About GSM Live
The global impact of COVID-19 has put a collective pause on the world of sport as we know it, and these unprecedented times will have a far-reaching impact long after the virus subsides. With the NCAA canceling championships, leagues halting seasons, and Olympic athletes at the mercy of the growing pandemic, many questions linger. What impact has been felt thus far? And what should we brace ourselves for when sports make their eventual return?

Global Sport Matters Live is a conversation series presented by Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University and Global Sport Matters. Diverse thought leaders and experts will come together virtually to give their perspective on the most relevant issues impacting sport. From their corner of the globe, a rotation of guests will discuss what they’re facing locally, take questions and ideas from a virtual audience, and share solutions that improve the world of sport.