End the duopoly

Minority athletes seek more diversity in their sports amid energized social justice movement

Players for the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies took a knee at their season opener Friday night to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement . The ongoing demonstrations come almost four years after Colin Kaepernick began that form of protest against police brutality and racial injustice.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback – and the recently energized social justice movement – have inspired a new push for equality in the world of sports, CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett reports.

When professional ice hockey player Akim Aliu hits the ice, he focuses on scoring and prepares for contact. But when he was one of the few Black players in the NHL, he shouldered other blows.

“I was the only Black kid in the room when the coach called me the n-word,” Aliu said. “Obviously it’s a sensitive subject for me to talk about, but I just felt that if I said anything about it, then I would have no career.” Akim Aliu CBS News Last year, Aliu decided he would risk everything and speak publicly about his experiences with racism in hockey. He wrote an op-ed titled ” Hockey is Not for Everyone ” for The Players Tribune, detailing the many […]

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