'Los Suns' Take the Court in Protest

A look at the history of protests during sporting events

Thursday, May 06, 2010

A monument at San Jose State University to John Carlos and Tommie Smith's "Black Power" salute at the 1968 Olympic Games. (Flickr user /sizemore/ (cc: by-nc-sa)/flickr)

Instead of their usual jerseys, the Phoenix Suns wore shirts with "Los Suns" inscribed across the chest as they played the Spurs last night. This change in wardrobe was explicitly meant as a nod in support of Arizona's Latino population, and a protest to Arizona's new immigration law, signed by Governor Jan Brewer last week.

Gustavo Arellano, writes for OC Weekly in Orange County as well as the widely-syndicated Ask a Mexican column, and believes we're witnessing an important moment in sports history. Dave Zirin is the author of People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play, and he helps us look at the history of protests by athletes, and the impact they have had on our society.



Gustavo Arellano and Dave Zirin

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David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

I was extremely disappointed to see the Phoenix Suns recently switch jerseys to support people who have broken the law to enter this country and break the law every day that they remain here.

The issue is not "immigration." Immigrants are those hardworking, deserving and patient men and women who love and honor this country enough to obey her laws and procedures in order to come and live here legally.

Undocumented migrants are men and women who have decided to put their agenda (whatever it might be) above the laws of this nation and broken the law to come here, work cheaply which undercuts our own wages and then send money out of our economy. The people of Arizona are entirely within their rights to want to deport these people who break the law and I would support such a law in Virginia as well.

I voted for Barack Obama and supported him through the health care debate, but if he pushes a policy that would favor these law breakers over the people who conform to the rules to immigrate here, he will lose my support and I believe that of all of my extended family as well. Enough is enough.

David Morrison

May. 06 2010 10:21 AM

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