10/06/2017 14:26 EDT | Updated 10/06/2017 15:32 EDT

History Shows Sidney Crosby Could Have Stood Up To Racial Injustice

Crosby, the Penguins and the NHL — in the face of profound injustice — have failed to rise to the occasion.

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Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins hoists the Stanley Cup during the Victory Parade and Rally on June 14, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

By Blayne Haggart, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brock University

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?

The question is currently being asked of Sidney Crosby. His statement that it is "a great honour" for his Stanley Cup winning team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, to visit Donald Trump's White House comes amid a boycott of the White House by the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, and Trump's racist criticisms of NFL players' taking a knee to protest police brutality against black Americans.