“We have certainly seen Black athletes entangled with politics in a variety of ways for much of the 20th century,” Davis said. “But the WNBA, with their majority Black players, were strategic, collaborative, relentless, and clear about their actions. They kept that same energy, even when few took notice.”
Now everyone in the sports world knows. When the league announced last week that a sale of the Atlanta Dream was “close to being finalized,” NBA star LeBron James threw his hat into the ring. There are reportedly four other bidders interested in owning the team, but Dream players have voiced their support for James. It makes sense. His voting rights group, More Than a Vote, helped voters get free rides to the polls in Georgia. This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.
This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. Warnock’s win is a reminder of what athletes can do when they know how to use their platforms—and when they work together. The WNBA players created a new prototype for “future strategies of political activism,” Dr. Amira Rose Davis, an assistant professor of history and African American studies at Penn State and the co-host of the podcast Burn It All Down, told ELLE.com.
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