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Jemele Hill (ESPN picture by Daniel Stark)

On Jan. 23, 2020, Jemele Hill, a employees author for the Atlantic and host of the podcast Jemele Hill is Unbothered, spoke at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances about her profession at the intersection of sports, race and tradition in the U.S. In dialog with with KALW’s radio host and reporter, Hana Baba, Hill touched on the NFL and Colin Kaepernick, what it’s like reporting on sports as a black girl and how her life modified after President Trump tweeted about her.

“I imply, the NFL house owners are spineless,” Hill informed Baba. “And I knew Colin Kaepernick would by no means play in the NFL the second Donald Trump mentioned his identify…  One of the few issues that quite a bit of folks sadly agree with the president about is that Colin Kaepernick shouldn’t be taking a knee. So, he [Trump] is aware of each time he says his [Kaepernick’s] identify, that it’s giving him a degree of common help … that he’s doesn’t expertise often.

“And so, what does that say about folks on this nation? I’m additionally sufficiently old to keep in mind that we simply celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, commemorated him. And the similar folks I noticed speaking about how nice Dr. King was for his nonviolent protest, are additionally the similar individuals who assume Colin Kaepernick doesn’t need to play in the NFL? … However the NFL, I feel, as we have now seen in the case with Muhammad Ali, as we have now seen the case in quite a bit of historical past, 20 years from now, they’ll be telling a distinct story. They’ll act like all of this by no means occurred.”

Hill has labored as a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, the chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN’s content material initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and tradition. Hill additionally co-anchors ESPN’s SportsCenter along with her longtime good friend and colleague Michael Smith. In August 2018, Hill acquired the Journalist of the 12 months award by the Nationwide Affiliation of Black Journalists.

Hill and Baba’s dialog was half of Cal Performances’ 2019–20 Speaker Collection, a season-long sequence of public displays by some of the main artistic and mental voices of our time, together with Maggie Haberman, David Sedaris, Dan Pfeiffer, David Pogue, Laverne Cox and Jad Abumrad — thinkers, activists, strategists, satirists, journalists and pioneers at the vanguard of tradition and politics.

Study extra about Cal Performances’ speaker sequence.