Basketball is more than just a game; it is representative of what goes on in our nation on a larger scale. In so many areas we see businesses and corporations making tremendous profits from black buying power — which is projected to reach $1.1 trillion in 2015. But how often do we see those same entities recruiting, hiring, and promoting from this same constituency?
Today, as the father of two young women, I can tell you firsthand that while I continue to push for a society that doesn’t disenfranchise them, I cannot ignore the reality that our young black men are facing unique and jarring challenges.
We cannot continue to deceive ourselves that we are somehow ‘post-racial’. It’s going to take courage to be honest about our challenges and create resolutions that can truly move us towards greater equality.
Educational inequality isn’t a notion from the past; it is happening right now all across this nation. And the facts simply don’t lie.
The reality is, until things reach a critical point, the world tends to pay no attention to hostilities or challenges in Africa. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at modern history.
Until we have a full-proof justice system that treats everyone equally under the law, we cannot falsely believe that everyone executed is in fact guilty. The process itself is cruel and in one of the most modern countries on the planet, there is simply no place for it.
We might not be in the back of the bus, and we might not drink from separate water fountains, but racial discrimination is very much alive in 2014. Anyone who ever doubted that reality can look at the events of the past week.
Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, there are modern schemes to try and take away your vote. Well we at National Action Network will not sit by idly and watch as the fundamental rights so many fought and died for are being eliminated — and neither should you.
History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward — for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.
This week, all roads lead to National Action Network’s 16th annual convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel. We have undoubtedly progressed as a society, but until social justice and fairness are achieved across the board, we cannot rest. The time for action is now, and you’re all invited.