None of Us Operate in a Vacuum: NBA Urges Players to Be...

None of Us Operate in a Vacuum: NBA Urges Players to Be Woke


ESPN reported this week that the NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, and the head of the players union sent a message to players on social activism.

The letter, in part, read:

“None of us operates in a vacuum. Critical issues that affect our society also impact you directly. Fortunately, you are not only the world’s greatest basketball players — you have real power to make a difference in the world, and we want you know that the Players Association and the League are always available to help you figure out the most meaningful way to make that difference.”

The action happens in the wake of what would appear to be the clear blackballing of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick made headlines last year by sitting down or taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of the way African Americans are treated by the American criminal justice system.

Kaepernick has yet to be signed by a NFL team this year.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke