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Edmonton Oilers left wing Evander Kane is congratulated after scoring his third goal against the Seattle Kraken during the third period of an NHL hockey game on March 18, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

What a viral meme about Evander Kane can tell us about white supremacy in hockey

The viral Kane vs. Karen meme invites the viewer to see the parallels between the actions of a white female hockey fan, surrounded by white onlookers, towards a Black player surrounded by referees.
LSU’s Angel Reese reacts in front of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark during the second half of the NCAA Women’s Final Four championship basketball game in Dallas on April 2. LSU won 102-85 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

NCAA basketball championship: Criticism of Angel Reese reveals the unfair standards imposed on Black women in sport

For too long, Black girls and women have been made to conform to the largely white and male-centred ideas about how sports should be played and how Black athletes ought to present themselves.
In the wake of sexual abuse allegations, Hockey Canada acknowledged it failed to “end the culture of toxic behavior” but grossly misunderstood and miscalculated the depth and breadth of the problem. (Shutterstock)

Hockey Canada scandal highlights toxic masculinity in sports

Sexual abuse allegations in Canadian hockey reveal the toxic masculinity that has permeated across sport culture.
Bianca Andreescu was awarded the 2019 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year. The Toronto Star recently decided to remove Lou Marsh’s name from the trophy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hans Deryk

The complex legacy of Lou Marsh and his trophy

The Toronto Star’s decision to rename its Lou Marsh trophy reminds us of the ways sports journalism has amplified damaging and racist tropes.
Black Lives Matter: West Indian players (as well as England players and match officials) took the knee before the start of the first cricket Test on July 8. Mike Hewitt/NMC Pool/PA Wire/PA Images

National anthems in sport: songs of praise or memorials that are past their use-by date?

The Black Lives Matter movement reminds us that using national anthems at sporting events is often insensitive and whitewashes the prevalence of racism in sport.
It may not be comfortable or easy to do but racist abuse needs to be challenged in sport and our society. Ben Macmahon/AAP

Eddie Betts and racism in sport: it’s not enough to just not join in

Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.
Nate Parker, director of the recent revolutionary US film “Birth of a Nation”. Shutterstock

How to get the African films we all should see onto our screens

Racism is a charge that could be leveled at cinema from its very inception. There are some positive signs of change, but audiences have a role to play in making sure African films flourish.
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios used an on-court sexual insult against an opponent in a recent match. Reuters/USA Today Sports

Playing the woman: Healy and Kyrgios expose sport’s sexism problem

If a misogynistic atmosphere is allowed to prevail in men’s individual and team sports, then all the platitudes about sport being a socially positive force stand exposed.

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