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Race In America: A Candid Conversation

Author: Logan Murdock, Monte Poole, NBC Sports Bay Area

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In the wake of worldwide protests against police brutality and systematic racism, NBC Sports is hosting raw discussions with athletes, politicians, musicians and influencers on the fight for racial equality in America

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Former Golden State Warrior Sleepy Floyd and NBA.com writer Sekou Smith join Monte Poole and Logan Murdock to discuss how the Warriors came up with the George Floyd jersey idea, the relationship between NBA players and black journalists and what we should expect from NBA players while they are in the bubble. Plus, Giants PA announcer Renel Brooks-Moon details the challenges she has faced in her career and the importance of keeping the momentum moving forward.(1:30) Floyd, Smith detail their reactions to the murder of George Floyd (8:53) Smith discusses the movement with-in NBA, MLB, WNBA(14:11) Smith expresses the importance of diversity (25:34) Renel details her career in broadcasting(28:20) Renel reveals her first experiences with racism(34:50) Renel shares who has been her ally over her career(40:15) Renel explains her reaction to the murder of George Floyd
Calais Campbell, the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Robert Griffin III, and Mike London, head football coach at William and Mary and a former Richmond police officer and detective, join NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller for a discussion on police in America and race relations.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler joins Monte Poole and Logan Murdock to discuss his decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality, and what he would tell fans who disagree with his choice. Then MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee joins Monte to talk with NBC Sports California’s A’s analyst Dontrelle Willis and ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant about the life and legacy of congressman John Lewis, and how baseball no longer is the national pastime.(0:53) Kapler reveals why he knelt for the national anthem(6:10) Kapler details what he says to those that say the Giants shouldn't kneel (13:20) Kapler examines how he'll keep conversation on BLM movement when spotlight fades (12:25) Willis and Bryant reveal their reactions to Kapler and Giants players kneeling(27:55) Willis, Lee and Bryant's reaction to the death of John Lewis(39:52) Willis and Bryant provide their opinion on "Stick to Sports"(44:04) Willis and Bryant details baseball's culture and how baseball can change(46:25) How baseball can attract another generation of Black players(52:19) Bryant on how hard and expensive it is to develop players
Host Laurence Holmes is joined by the NBCS Chicago crew of former Chicago Bear Alex Brown, former NBA player Kendall Gill, and NBCS Chicago talent Jason Goff and Tony Gill have a round table discussion about their experiences with racial prejudice, how they deal with racial injustice, and how American society can progress through these tough times.(:50) - Most impactful thing you've seen so far(5:10) - What kind of conversations are being had amongst Black families (12:30) - How can we ensure change will happen(20:00) - Police brutality being televised now(25:00) - Making sure people are genuine in their want for change
The murder of George Floyd sent shockwaves throughout America and people from all walks of life ran to the streets in protest of police brutality and racial injustice. Host Laurence Holmes had a round table discussion only a few weeks after the George Floyd murder with some of Chicago's top athletes. Jason Heyward from the Cubs, Allen Robinson of the Bears, Thad Young of the Bulls, and Sam Acho a former Bear all come together to discuss why the intense outcry this year about injustice, the hurt and pain black and brown people feel, and what can be done going forward to enhance our society.(0:40) - What was life like after the murder of George Floyd(10:40) - Living in the anger of injustice(15:40) - Challenges of speaking on issues while being a pro athlete(24:30) - The next thing we need to see to promote change
Monte Poole is joined by former Giants catcher Brian Johnson and civil rights attorney John Burris to discuss the issues between law enforcement and Black people, how athletes have helped the social justice movement and Major League Baseball not being an inclusive game.(1:00) Burris and Johnson on the recorded murder of George Floyd(10:25) Burris on if police are open to learning, changing their departments and policing style (17:00) Johnson on how this moment and movement are different than previous decades (32:30) Burris on sports role in social change(36:00) Johnson details how baseball’s history of not including black people in its culture (49:00) Johnson on white allyship and growing up in Oakland
Wizards guard Ish Smith, Renaldo Wynn, former Notre Dame football star and member of Joe Gibbs Racing, and goaltender Bill Hamid of US Soccer and DC United join NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller in a roundtable discussion about NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag, the Bubba Wallace controversy and racism in soccer around the world.
Steph Curry, Charles Barkley and other prominent athletes sat down for roundtable discussions on racial inequality in this country. Topics included their reaction to George Floyd’s death and reflections on personal experiences in the weeks since, their relationships with law enforcement, and what the path forward might be. Hosted by NBC Sports’ Damon Hack. Full list of panelists includes:Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors guard, two-time NBA MVP)Charles Barkley (Basketball Hall of Fame)James Blake (10-time ATP tennis champion)Troy Mullins (World Long Drive competitor)Anthony Lynn (Los Angeles Chargers head coach)Jimmy Rollins (World Series champion)Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings tight end)Ozzie Smith (Baseball Hall of Fame)
Caron Butler and Donte Whitner join Monte Poole and MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee to detail their dealings with the police in their hometowns, the lack of black coaches and executives in the NBA and NFL. Plus, they discuss if the Cleveland baseball team and the Washington football franchise should change their nicknames.(3:56) Butler, Whitner, Lee express their reaction to George Floyd’s murder and state of racism currently and in American history(8:35) Whitner shares how to balance owning your own equality with the systemic racism that exists(10:52) Butler details what it was like growing up in Racine, Wisconsin and dealing with systemic racism and policing(15:03) Butler and Whitner express how black communities can protect themselves (20:10) Whitner details how education is key in getting players involved in ownership levels(22:00) Butler expresses how to transition BLM movement from trendy to permanent (23:30) Butler discusses his Player’s Tribune article “It’s a WE thing.”(26:20) Butler shares his BLM marches and protest experience(37:46) Whitner on his donation and giving back to your community/ inner cities(38:50) Butler discusses if NBA starting again is distraction or a spotlight for the BLM movement(43:00) Whitner details Colin Kaepernick and being in the moment he took a knee(45:00)Butler expresses what next level of African American involvement in NFL looks like 
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley joins Michael Barkann to discuss the current racial climate in America, why the murder of George Floyd sparked a national a conversation across the globe, and what we can all do moving forward.
Giants outfielder Jaylin Davis, former A's pitcher and current NBC Sports California analyst Dave Stewart, and pitcher Edwin Jackson join Monte Poole and Logan Murdock to discuss social justice in Major League Baseball. The trio share their experiences of being African-Americans in the world of baseball, talk about their individual journeys and commend Ian Desmond on his decision to opt out of the 2020 season.(1:13) Jaylin Davis and Edwin Jackson talk about their journey to MLB(3:59) Dave Stewart on his early life and how he found baseball(7:57) Stewart on seeing fewer black players in MLB over his life to now(10:42) Davis on what it’s like to experience racism in baseball growing up (11:37) Jackson on how he felt when MLB took a long time to release statement on racism(13:40) Stewart on what the Floyd murder and growing up in East Oakland(16:41) Stewart and others on why player protests didn’t pick up in MLB(21:24) Jackson and Davis on being a black player in a conservative sport(25:56) Stewart and Jackson on black players playing style and how it’s seen by baseball(28:31) Stewart and Jackson on Ian Desmond’s statement on racism and problems in baseball(32:20) Stewart on how black players created a network when he played (34:10) Stewart on how these protests are different than ones he’s seen over the years(37:37) Jackson and Davis on protests now and how it’s changed their point of view(45:25) Edwin Jackson on what it’s like raising black children in this time(43:45) Davis and Stewart on how they got into baseball as kids(47:12) Stewart on lack of representation and message that sends to black kids looking to play baseball(50:06) Davis and Jackson on what can baseball do to make African Americans more included(52:48) Stewart on what it would take to get black players back into the game (55:21) Everyone on what baseball could do to embrace black players in its return
Mystics' guard Natasha Cloud, University of Maryland football coach Mike Locksley and Wizards center Ian Mahinmi join NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller in a roundtable discussion in reaction to global outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Nate Boyer, former U.S. Army Green Beret and NFL player, and Oakland Raiders great Charles Woodson join Monte Poole and Logan Murdock on Race in America to discuss the need to battle "ingrained" biases and systematic racism. Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks also joins the show to discuss her career and her responsibility as a Black journalist to speak up on these issues.1:44 -- Nate talks about his reaching out to Colin Kaepernick about the protest10:33 -- Monte asks Charles for his memories and first reactions to Colin’s initial protest and Nate’s role in it14:15 -- Monte asks Charles what he would have done in terms of the protest, if he still was an active player 15:55 -- Logan asks Nate how he feels about the common retort that people are disrespecting the flag even though that’s not what the protest is about.  23:00 -- Logan asks Charles how prevalent racism was during his NFL career and beyond27:00 -- Monte asks Charles about his initial reaction to seeing the George Floyd video29:30 -- Logan asks Charles about what he must teach his kids about dealing with the prejudice there is in this world31:50 -- Nate weighs in on NASCAR’s response to the Bubba Wallace situation.36:09 -- Nate talks about his experience with implicit bias and how it's ingrained in us 39:15 -- Charles and Nate discuss the systematic racism issues in society and how even acting respectfully still can get you hurt43:50 -- Nate and Charles talk about how narratives can be changed and twisted to fit an opposing view 49:35 -- Nate and Charles discuss the importance of voting, on a national and local level57:40 -- Logan uses Taylor’s question to ask her when she realized being Black meant something different than being white59:33 -- Taylor talks about how she noticed things were catered toward whiteness and how whiteness is seen as the norm61:40 -- Taylor opens up about her career and her journey in journalism 64:30 -- Taylor shares how being Black means she has to prove her worth more often than others 66:55 -- Taylor talks about the responsibility she has as a Black journalist to speak on issues 68:37 -- How the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor incidents got Taylor to realize to use her voice71:13 -- Taylor weighs in on the Bubba Wallace situation and where NASCAR should go from here73:25 -- Taylor explains what Black women and what they need from men (specifically Black men) to truly lift Black women76:30 -- Taylor talks about athletes sacrificing their own interests for the interests of the black community79:42 -- What Taylor thinks of seeing the protests around the world80:34 -- What Taylor wants to see from “allies”83:53 -- Taylor's thoughts on how the movement can sustain its effort
Warriors color commentator Kelenna Azubuike and former NBA player Etan Thomas join Monte Poole and Logan Murdock on an NBC Sports Bay Area roundtable discussion, “Race in America: A Candid Conversation,” in reaction to global outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody. Together, the four of them discuss what it is like to be racially profiled across the United States and the significance of President Donald Trump claiming that he was going to start his presidential re-election campaign in Tulsa on Juneteenth. Plus, Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams and Dr. Ameer Loggins join the show to go into more depth on how Colin Kaepernick deserves his shot in the NFL.
49ers pass rusher Arik Armstead and San Jose State running backs coach Alonzo Carter join Monte Poole and Logan Murdock on an NBC Sports Bay Area roundtable discussion, “Race in America: A Candid Conversation,” in reaction to global outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody.2:02 -  Alonzo Carter discuss the “West Coast Zoom Call” conversations with other minority coaches and how they’ve helped start important dialogues 9:16 - Arik talks about what he expects to see from players once the NFL season starts11:55 - Arik shares his initial reaction to the George Floyd video 15:25 - Arik and Coach Carter discuss the protests going on and the importance of supporting the movement20:14 - Arik describes the importance of having coaches that look like him 22:09 - Coach Carter on going back to coach at McClymonds High School and eventually coaching at Berkeley High School26:41 - Coach Carter talks about people doubting his abilities just because of his race31:40 - Arik and Coach Carter open up about instances where they were racially profiled39:44 - Coach Carter and Arik weigh in on what organizations and allies need to do to get more black people in higher level coaching positions 45:52 - Coach Carter talks about the pressure of having less room for error as a minority coach49:47 - Arik and Coach Carter discuss the importance of the white people in positions of power taking the steps to be a part of change54:33 - Arik talks about expecting demonstrations from players in the NFL once the season starts
Ros Gold-Onwude and Mistah F.A.B. join Monte Poole and Logan Murdock on an NBC Sports Bay Area roundtable discussion, “Race in America: A Candid Conversation,” in reaction to global outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody.(01:33) - FAB and Ros discuss the normalization of witnessing the killing of black people in America(05:10) - Ros discusses how athletes can use their platform in an impactful way(07:15) - Ros fills us in on her experience protesting in Seattle(11:57) - FAB gives his ideas for improving relations between the community and those that govern(14:35) - FAB and Ros weigh in on what needs to be done to truly bring equality(18:32) - FAB describes what makes a true ally(21:12) - Ros on getting more people of color in journalism(25:20) - FAB discusses the black community’s power of influence(27:15) - FAB and Ros discuss the importance of truly confronting the issue of race inequality  (31:56) - FAB and Ros talk about the divisive rhetoric behind the phrase “Make America Great Again”(37:04) - FAB and Ros discuss Colin Kaepernick’s role in history(43:08) - FAB brings up the fact that we would still be at this boiling point even if Kapernick had never taken a knee(47:18) - Ros and FAB discuss the next generation’s role in this fight(54:22) - FAB and Ros debate the sincerity of Roger Goodell’s statements, along with statements from other corporations and allies
Steve Kerr, David West and Rep. Eric Swalwell join Monte Poole and Logan Murdock on an NBC Sports Bay Area roundtable discussion, “Race in America: A Candid Conversation,” in reaction to global outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody.(01:22) - Congressman Swalwell on intial reaction to George Floyd’s murder and on what systemic changes need to happen. (02:54) - David West on his reaction Floyd’s murder and what action needs to be taken.(04:18) - Steve Kerr’s reaction to Floyd’s murder, police brutality in America, and what white people can do to help.(06:45) - Congressman Swalwell on systemic changes that can be made to police and how to help black community(08:22) - Congressman on how to invest in black community without gentrifying it (09:57) - David West on what black men deal with every day and how conversation is changing and it’s time to take advantage of the moment(12:34) - Steve Kerr on education being the most important thing moving forward(15:12) - Congressman on what it takes to charge a police officer and the laws that protect police officers(18:37) - David West on educating people on race and the history of black people(23:42) - Steve Kerr on work of Pastor Mike and Live Free in Oakland and how to help foster education and progress in cities around the country(26:27) - Congressman Swalwell on keeping the pressure on and demanding action from our leaders and where he stands on athletes speaking out(31:25) - David West on what the perfect ally would do and be like and how this moment is different(34:37) - Steve Kerr on his empathy and how empathy is important during this time(37:32) - David West on being on the right side of history and our country making the right choice (42:37) - Steve Kerr on the administration’s message during this time(43:54) - on Donald Trump moving protesters for photo op in DC(47:54) - on how things have changed and evolved since 1992 riots to now, and how players and people have evolved with it(52:26) - Steve Kerr on how we can continue the conversation beyond the emotion of this moment(53:43) - on what the NBA will do and can do when they return and how next generation of kids will make a change
Sydel Curry-Lee and WNBA's Layshia Clarendon join Monte Poole and Logan Murdock on an NBC Sports Bay Area roundtable discussion, “Race in America: A Candid Conversation,” in reaction to global outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody.(01:05) - Layshia and Sydel discuss the heavy feeling that came from the death of George Floyd(03:36) - Sydel talks about how this could be the tipping point that leads to true change(05:20) - Layshia speaks on how people are forced to confront what’s happening due to the pandemic(08:02) - Layshia talks about how people are finally listening to the problem(10:11) - Sydel speaks on the importance of prioritizing mental health in the black community(12:48) - Layshia speaks on how attending Cal impacted her mindset and way of thinking along with experiencing protests(15:33) - Sydel opens up on attending a predominantly white college and growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood (18:51) - Layshia and Sydel talk about how to get non-people of color to understand the bigger picture(21:16) - Layshia weighs in on walking the line as an athlete and speaking out against social issues(23:27) - Layshia opens up on her intersectionality for being a gay black woman(26:02) - Logan and Layshia discuss how accountability is important when corporations claim to support these marginalized communities(31:25) - Sydel talks about how important it is for non-people of color to speak on these issues(33:30) - Sydel and Layshia express their initial reactions to seeing the George Floyd footage(35:58) - Layshia and Sydel address the role of voting when it comes to these issues(38:28) - Logan asks Layshia and Sydel what makes their ideal ally(40:59) - Monte brings up Steve Kerr’s point that there has been no reconciliation for the injustice in America’s history(43:20) - Sydel speaks on what roles people can play to enact change(44:48) - Layshia discusses her struggle with seeing the images of slain black people (47:49) - Sydel speaks on Damion’s experience with prejudice and how young children are affected by the stigma against black people(49:43) - Sydel and Layshia discuss if the system can be modified or is in need of rebuilding 
Bruce Maxwell, Evander Kane and Ian Williams join Monte Poole and Logan Murdock on an NBC Sports Bay Area roundtable discussion, “Race in America: A Candid Conversation,” in reaction to global outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody.(01:05) - Ian Williams on attending protests in San Jose (04:32) - Ian Williams on whether all protesters were there for George Floyd (07:00) - Evander Kane on his reaction to the murder of George Floyd and protests around country(10:15) - Bruce Maxwell on protests now(12:45) - Maxwell on what led him to protesting in MLB (16:48) - Maxwell on backlash he received for kneeling during anthem(20:23) - Evander Kane on George Floyd’s death, support he’s received from NHL and need allies using platforms to speak up(27:31) - Ian Williams on Colin Kaepernick and how he’s seen this issue evolve over the last few years (36:40) - Kane on how Kaepernick & Reid’s protest inspired him and what it will take to make protests heard(40:18) - Maxwell on if athletes and leaders in sports can make a difference(43:45) - Messaging and who’s speaking matters in discussion(48:05) - Reformation of justice system and how systemic changes can happen(57:30) - How to avoid discouragement by lack of action and keep moving forward 
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