The NBA is going to donate $300 million over the next 10 years to boost economic growth in the Black community, through an establishment finalized by the league’s Board of Governors and the National Basketball Platers Association.
These are undoubtedly very strange times we are living in. With a global pandemic of this magnitude and the political and institutional unrest, we know the catastrophe that is 2020 is going right into a history textbook. In terms of the continued racial injustice in the United States, however, there needs to be more of a discussion of what exactly is being done to combat it.
Systemic racism has been an issue in America for as long as America has been a nation. The past few months have been a major indicator of how law enforcement unequally treat people of color. Some people want to see funding go towards issues such as police and education reform. Athletes, such as NBA players, have been particularly vocal about the ongoing acts of racial injustice, with many players customizing their jerseys to feature social justice messages, such as “I Am A Man,” “Black Lives Matter,” “How Many More,”, “Vote”, and other international players putting messages in their own languages.
Yet, following the shooting of Jacob Blake, the season was in jeopardy. All games that day were boycotted, and a meeting with many players was held to discuss the future of the season, with Lakers star LeBron James and Clippers star Kawhi Leonard in particular voicing their frustration. Both reportedly walked out of the meeting in anger. James and Leonard, along with various other players, want to see NBA higher ups, such as owners, putting their money towards issues such as education and police reform. Furthermore, according to Forbes, the NBA is going to donate $300 million over the next 10 years to boost economic growth in the Black community, through an establishment finalized by the league’s Board of Governors and the NBPA (National Basketball Platers Association).
I applaud the NBA and its players for making these statements. Boycotts are necessary to bring attention towards certain issues and remind us that there are more important things going on in the world, things we need to prioritize. In light of all the horrible things that have transpired this year, it’s a time that demands change. And if we continue to bring attention to injustice, change will come.