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Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Adapted for Young Adults)

Super Bowl Champion and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is an outspoken proponent for social justice and a man without a censor.

Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, a fearless activist, a feminist, an organizer, and a change maker. He's also one of the most humorous athletes on the planet, and he wants to make you uncomfortable. Bennett adds his voice to discussions of racism and police violence, Black athletes and their relationship to powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL, the role of protest in history, and the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice. Following in the footsteps of activist-athletes from Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, Bennett demonstrates his outspoken leadership both on and off the field. Written with award-winning sportswriter and author Dave Zirin, Sitting Down to Stand Up is a sports book for young people who want to make a difference, a memoir, and a book as hilarious and engaging as it is illuminating.

Reviews
  • “Michael Bennett is an agent of change.”
    The New York Times

     “A shockingly honest take on sports and politics.”
    The Stanger

    “This book is a courageous and compassionate story of a great athlete and grand human being full of deep care for his fellow citizens! Don't miss it!”
    Cornel West

     “It would be easy for Michael Bennett to remain silent, to play in the NFL and make his mark through accomplishments on the field. Instead Michael has chosen to use his voice and his platform to fight injustice.”
    Senator Bernie Sanders

     “There is a tradition of athletes who understand that sports is a way to reach people and change the world. I am proud and humbled to be recognized as part of that tradition. I believe that Michael Bennett's name deserves mention alongside the best of us. This book doesn't only explain the roots of Michael Bennett's courage. It will inspire the people who read it to conquer their fears and fight for what's right.”
    Dr. John Carlos, 1968 Olympic medalist

     “I was going to say this is the most courageous books on race written by an athlete in my lifetime, but I actually think this is one of the most courageous books on race and racism in America that has ever been written by anyone. It’s that good and that important.”
    Shaun King, columnist for The Intercept and writer-in-residence for Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project

     “There is a revolution underway inside professional sports and Michael Bennett is at ground zero. In this revelatory book, he puts everything on the line to share the reasons, strategy, pain and deep thought behind this historic uprising. And he invites us into a vision of justice and liberation that is simply irresistible. This book is pure fire.”
    Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough

Other books by Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin

  • Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

    Super Bowl Champion and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is an outspoken proponent for social justice and a man without a censor.

  • Brazil's Dance with the Devil (Updated Olympics Edition)

    The leading US commentator on the politics of sports explores the coming Olympics in Brazil.
  • The John Carlos Story

    John Carlos, the man behind the most iconic moment of the Black Power movement, tells his story.
  • Welcome to the Terrordome

    The nation's sharpest sportswriter explores the contested politics of sports and profiles athletes making change.
  • What's My Name, Fool?

    Edgeofsports.com sportswriter Dave Zirin provides a no-holds-barred commentary on the personalities and politics of American sports.