2019 Award Winner
I had two conversations during the game with people that were like "enuf with teh BLM stuffssss".Bringing attention to it is a big deal in and of itself. I've had more conversations about race in the past few months than I have had in my entire lifetime. Racism will not end until white people want it to end. And white people have to be made uncomfortable before they will change anything. These situations make people uncomfortable.
My mother was muttering under her breath last night about how more than just black lives matter, and I pointed out as usual that until black lives matter, all lives do not matter. She went out to the kitchen to get a drink during the anthem. I asked her why it bothered her, and she said she didn't know. I didn't point out that her going to get a drink wasn't exactly respecting the national anthem, since that is usually what she is upset about when people kneel during it.
I suspect that these athletes put a lot of money into causes that we know nothing about. But like all social changes, nothing happens until people are uncomfortable and forced to confront the issue.
During the last minute of the game last night, all I could say was "I've missed this so much!" Go Jazz!
It isn't like the thing that will change the world completely by itself... but it isn't just meaningless pandering. I promise you millions of conversations happened last night.