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We Matter: Athletes and Activism

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"Etan confronts our collective challenges and reminds us that life is not just a game, but demands a constant struggle for justice."
--Amy Goodman, Democracy Now

Featuring interviews by former NBA star Etan Thomas with over fifty athletes, and interwoven with essays and critiques by Thomas, We Matter, shares the personal tales and opinions of Russell Westbrook, Jamal

Paperback, 250 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Edge of Sports
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Etan Thomas makes a tremendous effort to bring the voices of today’s athletes out of the background and gives them space to share their thoughts in his book of interviews with over fifty athletes, sports and media personalities. In addition he gives voice to surviving family members who’ve lost loved ones to police actions.

It is good to hear from the athletes, but it is especially compelling to hear from family members who have buried their fathers, brothers, sisters and remain to endure the
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WE MATTER: ATHLETES AND ACTIVISM by Etan Thomas is “an in-depth and up-close look at today’s landscape of high-profile activist athletes.”
“This volume will be an inspiration for many different people: sports junkies; young readers who need words of encouragement from their favorite athletes; parents seeking positive messages for their children; activists who want to hear athletes using their voices to address social justice; and schools that need motivational material for their students.”
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Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I knew of Etan Thomas from Syracuse basketball, although he played there before I attended and was indoctrinated into Orange fandom. I didn't know about his speaking out against the Iraq war or about the post-NBA career he's created as a speaker and activist, and this collection of interviews on political activism by athletes adds to the ongoing conversation about the role athletes can (or should) play in advancing social and political causes. The lineup of interviewees is long and largely drawn ...more
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Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book also as an advanced reader's copy and I am a huge fan of athletes overcoming adversity against all odds and achieving their dreams as professional athletes. Etan Thomas's collection of interviews were interesting, informative, insightful and breathtaking to read and will be a great inspiration to people across the world. This is definitely a book we will consider for our collection. 5 stars
Shannan Harper
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author interviews several people of different genders and races to get their take on athletes and activism.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The only way this could be better would be if I could find it on audiobook. A must read for literally everyone.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
The interview style of the book made it less readable to me. However, I was impressed with the quality of people in the book and recommend it for people with a deep interest in the subject
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