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
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.