Controversy and Racism at the Olympics, with Dr Bob Batchelor

The Diversity Movement’s Jackie Ferguson and Bob Batchelor discuss controversy and racism at the Olympics, touching on Sha’Carri Richardson, the ban on Afro swim caps, and Allyson Felix versus Nike.

Full episode video LIVE at the Earfluence studio in downtown Raleigh.


Jackie Ferguson: Hi, and welcome to season four of the Diversity Beyond the Checkbox Podcast; sponsored by The Diversity Movement. I’m your host, Jackie Ferguson, equality advocate and certified diversity executive. On this show, we discuss how diversity, equity, and inclusion benefit our workplaces, schools, and communities by sharing the stories, insights, and best practices of game-changers, leaders, and glass-ceiling breakers that are doing the work to make our world a more understanding, welcoming, and supportive place for us all.

Joined today by my colleague at The Diversity Movement and friend, Dr. Bob Batchelor. Bob is a critically acclaimed, best-selling cultural historian and biographer. Bob, thank you so much for joining me today. Will you tell our listeners just a little about you? 

Bob Batchelor: Yeah, thank you for having me, Jackie. I’m so excited as a long-time listener and your friend to be on the podcast to talk about such great topics. I see myself as a cultural historian and what that means is that, unlike somebody who studies something very slim throughout history, but studies it very deeply, I instead look at issues that affect broad ranges of society. And try to bring in cultural influences from music and television and film into history to show a more human type of history. And my sports writing goes back to high school when I was the first person in my high school’s history to have their own sports column–

Jackie Ferguson: Wow. 

Bob Batchelor:  Which was called Batchelor’s Bench.

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