427: The Gymnast Who Kneeled During The National Anthem

Jun 3, 2020 | GymCastic, Podcast

gymnast kneels in protest of police brutality while competing for UC Davis gymnastics team

Alexis Brown kneeling while competing for UC Davis. Photo by Jay Gelvezon

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THIS WEEK’S INTERVIEW

Alexis Brown was a UC Davis gymnast, is the co-program record holder on beam, and knelt during the national anthem in the 2017 and 2018 NCAA seasons. We caught up with Alexis to hear her thoughts on kneeling now—two years on—and how she feels about the current protests against police brutality of black Americans.

She tells us whether she feels more hopeful or disheartened about the experience in retrospect, what she makes of the NCAA programs who haven’t made statements, and what she would like to see from white members of the gymnastics community.

Resources For Action:

What White People Can Do For Racial Justice 

NAACP

Black Lives Matter Action Guide

Ben & Jerry’s Dismantle White Supremacy

The Action PAC

Anguish And Action 

Understanding White Privilege

Bystander Intervention Training

Movie : Do The Right Thing

Documentary: 13th on Netflix

GYMTERNET NEWS

  • We round up the reactions (and occasionally lack thereof) to the protests from those in the gymnastics community, including Kennedy Baker, Tia Kiaku, and Steve Butcher.
  • Plus, what we can do in the gymnastics community, obliviousness and defensiveness, reasons there might be silence, compassion fatigue, and how there’s no better time to get rid of IOC’s Rule 50 against demonstrations.

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