Today on Stateside, President Donald Trump placed a phone call to the Big Ten commissioner to discuss what might expedite the start of the season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A Sports Illustrated writer weighs in on the politicization of sports in 2020. Also, how U.S. presidents’ historical treatment of Black Americans informs the present moment. Plus, the thawing of the Great Lakes, as seen through the lens of a National Geographic photojournalist.
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The year sports and politics collided: Big Ten football, the NBA, and more
- Michael Rosenberg is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated.
From Washington to Trump, political calculations have always guided conversations about race
- Stephen Jones is a history professor at Central Michigan University. We spoke with him about his article in The Conversation titled, "Presidents have a long history of condescension, indifference and outright racism towards Black Americans."
- Amy Sacka is a documentary photographer based in Detroit.
- Will Callan is a reporter for Michigan Radio.