Social justice warriors have now invaded the world of sports.
Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem quickly became a hot-button political issue causing temperatures to rise on both sides of the political aisle a few years ago. The NFL seems to have weathered that storm as Kaepernick hasn’t suited up for a team in a couple of seasons.
Now, though, it appears the NBA is getting into the social justice warrior business. This week Utah Jazz guard Kyle Korver penned an essay titled “Privileged” for the PlayersTribune.com.
In the piece, the white millionaire NBA player decries his white privilege, posting such paragraphs as the following:
There’s an elephant in the room that I’ve been thinking about a lot over these last few weeks. It’s the fact that, demographically, if we’re being honest: I have more in common with the fans in the crowd at your average NBA game than I have with the players on the court.
What I’m realizing is, no matter how passionately I commit to being an ally, and no matter how unwavering my support is for NBA and WNBA players of color….. I’m still in this conversation from the privileged perspective of opting in to it. Which of course means that on the flip side, I could just as easily opt out of it. Every day, I’m given that choice — I’m granted that privilege — based on the color of my skin.
How can I — as a white man, part of this systemic problem — become part of the solution when it comes to racism in my workplace? In my community? In this country?
Well, Jason Whitlock, a black sports reporter and commentator wasn’t having it with Korver’s “word salad” of political wokeness and called him out for it was, a glorified politically correct essay about self that doesn’t actually attempt to solve any problems at all.
Whitlock: Kyle Korver's White Privilege Manifesto earned him entry into Woke Heaven, but it's really nothing more than Green Book meets The White Shadow. Another white savior for us to worship. @WhitlockJason pic.twitter.com/y2ezlftqRV
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) April 9, 2019