The ALOST Podcast, XIX: Confronting Our Past?

One of the most well-known entrances in college football includes Clemson's players running down "The Hill." On top of the hill sits a plot of land that used to be the plantation house of John. C. Calhoun (AP)
Near the top of the hill that Clemson’s football players run down before every home game sits a building that once was a plantation house owned by 19th-century politician John C. Calhoun, who once described slavery as a “positive good.”   (AP)

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Building off of that quote and the tireless work of the beloved Civil Rights activist, our latest episode of The A Lot of Sports Talk Podcast takes a look, from a sports perspective, at the ongoing issue and history of race relations in the United States (with a particular focus on the state of South Carolina) on the backdrop of the racially-motivated shooting at a South Carolina church on June 17. We are joined by A.D. Carson, a graduate student in Rhetorics Communication and Information Design at Clemson University who, in 2014, wrote a poem called “See The Stripes,” highlighting the racist and pro-segregation stances taken by men who were instrumental in first shaping the identity of Clemson University. In our conversation, we ask A.D., among many other things, about the reaction he received on campus when the poem went viral just before the start of the 2014 college football season, how aware the student-athlete population is of the men who are posthumously honored throughout the school and what his experience was in personally going down to Charleston, S.C. a few days after the aforementioned shooting. Also, A.D. expresses to us why the reaction by the Clemson administration to the event in Charleston, while progressive on the surface, ends up being hypocritical.

Afterward, current Los Angeles Sparks center Jennifer Hamson joins the program to talk about her transition from being a two-sport megastar in college at Brigham Young University to being, as of now, just a rotation player as she begins her WNBA career. Just a few months ago, Hamson was the “it” girl in college sports, leading the BYU basketball team to its second-ever Sweet 16 in March of 2014, then taking the volleyball team to the national championship game this past December. Before the Sparks’ game with the New York Liberty, Hamson talked with us about how tough it was to leave volleyball behind to start her pro basketball career, the hardest part in adjusting to life as a professional and the person in her family who, she says, will be an even better player than she was at volleyball. (Jennifer was a two-time AVCA All-America while at BYU, mind you.)

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Interview Order: Intro (0:00 – 4:12); A.D. Carson (4:14 – 30:50); Jennifer Hamson (30:55 – 35:52); Wrap-up (35:57 – 38:55)

[Cover photo (Jennifer Hamson on right of photo) courtesy of Joseph D. Sullivan/Newsday]

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