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Dr. Harry Edwards: It's Despicable for Dodge to Use MLK's Words to Peddle Trucks During Super Bowl

Released Monday, 5th February 2018
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The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots Sunday night in Minneapolis with a 41-to-33 win in Super Bowl LII, the first-ever title for the Eagles. The upset capped a historic year of racial justice protests across the league, with players kneeling during the national anthem to demand justice and an end to police brutality. One of the most controversial ads during Sunday night’s Super Bowl involved carmaker Dodge using the audio of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech to sell Ram trucks. For more on the controversy and the history of racial justice protests in professional sports, we speak with Dr. Harry Edwards, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of several books, including “The Revolt of the Black Athlete,” reissued last year for its 50th anniversary edition. He was the architect of the 1968 Olympic Project for Human Rights. He is a longtime staff consultant with the San Francisco 49ers.

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