Mizzou points to bigger shifts in how college athletes see themselves
NPR - 11/12/2015
“They probably have more to lose than an average college student would have to lose from this type of protest because they’re on scholarships, and they potentially want to move on in their college careers, but they’re public figures,” Sarah Jackson, a professor at Northeastern University who teaches about social protest movements, told me. “But because of this, they also have a lot of power. There’s a conundrum.” Jackson said that athletes at large universities have a bunch of constraints on what they can do in their downtime and are more closely scrutinized than other students. But, she said, black athletes are often the most visible black students on their campuses; they make lots of money for their institutions, and they have regular contact with the local news media. “So in a lot of ways, they have access and privileges to public spaces that a regular student doesn’t have,” she said.