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An NFL player, self-identified as a devout Christian, decided to “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem last season. It was a silent protest on behalf of Black Lives Matter. He is biracial and was raised by white parents. I can only assume that matters of race are acutely and personally important […] Read More

Education is more than information. The late Jean Hendricks, a wise dean in one of Mercer University’s academic units, reminded our teaching team of this frequently. She meant, of course, that while information is essential for living as an informed participant in community, how we think and act based on that information is essential as […] Read More

Rayfield Wright, the football hall of famer for the Dallas Cowboys from 1967-79, isn’t sure he’ll watch Super Bowl XLVIII this coming Sunday. If he chooses not to, I’ll join him – although for slightly different reasons. We both want to view it. To different degrees we both have been conditioned to want to watch. […] Read More

The Super Bowl is a significant event for the sex trafficking industry, a global, year-round problem that numerous organizations seek to address. “There are no firm statistics on how much the forced sex and labor trade expands during the annual National Football League [NFL] championship, but New Jersey law enforcement officials and advocate groups are […] Read More

Open Letter to Brett Favre

It is no secret to those who know me, that I love sports. It is the ultimate reality show. Take the Brett Favre fiasco for example. He retired last spring and the team has moved ahead with their new quarterback. He has now changed his mind and wants to play again. He either wants to […] Read More

The Center for Science in the Public Interest criticized the Washington Redskins for the team’s exclusive promotional arrangement with Diageo, the world’s largest hard-liquor company. Diageo’s multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract with the Redskins “marks the first time a spirits company has sponsored a National Football League team,” reported. “It’s believed to be the first time […] Read More