AP (Dec. 27) – A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in nationwide protests over police killings of unarmed black men.
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“Once you were not afraid to ask that all-important question: ‘Who’s afraid of a large black man?’ Tragically, it now seems like the answer might be you.” ETAN THOMAS, a former professional basketball player who played nine seasons in the NBA, an author and radio host. While playing with the Washington Wizards, he spoke out against the Anglo-American war in Iraq at anti-war rallies as well as through his poetry.
December 3, 2014
Let me say first that you are among the basketball greats. I remember rooting for you in the ’93 Championship Series against the Bulls along with one of my hometown heroes Richard Dumas. You have achieved a level of success on the court that will be cemented in the basketball history books permanently. Eleven NBA All-Star Game appearances, twice All-Star MVP, once voted NBA MVP, one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Dream Team, two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. You are basketball royalty.
Your book Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? is sitting on my bookshelf right now. It’s a powerful book that takes on the issue of race and racism in a way that many would’ve shied away from.
“Racism,” you said, “is the biggest cancer of my lifetime. And I know I can’t cure the cancer, but doesn’t somebody have to attack it?”
teleSUR (Nov. 30) – Five players walked on field with their arms raised in the “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” gesture that has become widely associated with the Ferguson protests.