Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

2021

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

School of Communication and Journalism

First Advisor

Rebecca A. Kuehl

Keywords

Black Lives Matter, Black/African American identity, media, Race, sport

Abstract

This study was conducted to understand how communication and identity are experienced by Black university athletes in asking about their experiences and how they gauge mainstream media portrayals of Black NFL athletes making verbal or physical statements about or in protest of social injustice, racism, and inequality in America. I interviewed five university athletes identifying as Black/African American or Mixed- Race using media representations of Black NFL athletes’ protests since the NFL has dominated mainstream media headlines regarding recent athletes’ protests, especially in connection to the Black Lives Matter social movement. I also used several theories to interpret the data after collection, including Communication Theory of Identity, Social Identity Theory, Threshold Identity, and Cultural Identity Theory.

Number of Pages

102

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
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