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History Shows Sidney Crosby Could Have Stood Up To Racial Injustice

By visiting the White House, Crosby, the Penguins, and the NHL have failed to rise to the occasion.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup during last June’s victory parade in Pittsburgh, a city that has a long history of racial strife. Crosby and the Penguins have accepted Donald Trump’s invitation to visit the White House. Image by Gene J. Puskar/AP.

A champion athlete, who is both white and not American, has the chance — at some personal cost — to protest racial injustice in the United States. Should he avoid taking a stand or lend support to a protest that doesn’t directly affect him?

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