June 8, 2020

Waking up angry

Kennedi Landry

When ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon spoke to the class Tuesday morning, the biggest thing that stood out to me was when he said: “I don’t trust black men that don’t wake up angry every day.” Though I am clearly not a black man, that statement resonated with me as a black woman in the sports industry and in America. Black women must navigate through issues regarding both gender and race in this country. Black women face those same issues as black men, with the added struggle of sexism. I understand being angry and I resonate with it. It’s hard not to be when you look at the injustices that black people face in this country. Even in the workplace, you are often judged by things that are outside of your control. I also really admire how Wilbon has never been shy, in his writing or commentary, about addressing issues of race honestly and fairly. The same could be said for his talk with us, which involved candid conversations about the events going on in the world right now, as well as getting into the sports industry during a difficult time.

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