Kyle Korver Understands ‘White Privilege’

So, let me be real, son. Honestly, before reading my post, everyone should go read the “Privileged” article that Kyle Korver wrote for The Players’ Tribune. Seriously, it’s refreshing to see a White person give an honest assessment of the benefits that White people are afforded. All in all, “White privilege” is always a touchy subject when it shouldn’t be. The way I see it, there’s no future in fronting about the way the world works, man.

Ok, before I continue, let me talk a little bit about “White privilege.” Generally, when White people hear this phrase, they instantly get offended. However, if they took a step back and analyzed what minorities are trying to say, they’d understand where we’re coming from. Now, “White privilege” doesn’t mean that our counterparts didn’t have to work hard to achieve success. Shit, Korver made it to the NBA by being one of the best shooters ever, fam. Like, no one can take that away from him. Anyway, “privilege” comes from the reality that White people don’t have to worry about the same pitfalls as Black and Brown people.

The fact is, even if a White man and I have the same educational background, there’s a good chance he’ll make more money than me. The fact is, if a White person and I get arrested for the same crime, there’s a good chance they’ll get a lighter sentence than me. In addition, I highly doubt any White person would have the same fear as a Black or Brown person during a traffic stop. Frankly, acknowledging these realities shouldn’t be so taboo for White people. On the real, the only way to fix these issues is to address them, bruh.

With that being said, I have to give Korver a lot of credit, fam. Not only did he keep it real about “White privilege,” but he also admitted to his previous ambivalence. Keeping it a buck, I believe there are more people like Korver than straight up hateful people. Most of the time, people just don’t want to hear about their advantages. Shit, as a man, I have to remember to check my own “male privilege.” At times, it’s easy for me to forget that I have certain luxuries that a lot of women don’t have. Hell, as a 6’3” MMA enthusiast, I never walk down the street wondering if some dude is going to drag me into an alley and assault me. All I can say is, facts are facts, son. There’s no use in denying it.

In the end, I hope everyone reads Korver’s article, man. Ultimately, if more people think like him, then maybe we can actually make some progress in this mentally-draining country. By and by, instead of fighting “White privilege,” maybe our counterparts can use it to put an end to the disparities. *Sigh* Wishful thinking, I guess. That is all. LC out.

Dion Waiters Is The Real MVP

So, I won’t lie, son. I was super inspired after reading Dion Waitersarticle on The Players’ Tribune. Look, Waiters spoke with a level of honesty that put all of his thoughts and behaviors into perspective. All I can say is, after reading this article, I now completely understand why he plays the way that he does. In addition, I can also say, he’s definitely earned my respect, man.

Now, before I continue, let me keep it a buck, son. On the real, I used to KILL Waiters for his play on the court. During last year’s playoffs, when he was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder, I criticized the HELL out of him, fam. Like, he was either incredible or fucking terrible, man! There was no in between. Frankly, I feel like if OKC got more consistent play out of him, they would’ve finished off the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I must admit that Waiters’ candor was surprising. He outlined his background coming up in Philadelphia, and spoke openly about his trials and tribulations. He spoke about such hardships as losing both of his parents AND his best friend Rhamik to needless violence. With all of the chaos around him, he used an “irrational” sense of confidence to propel him out of his situation. In his mind, if he didn’t big himself up, there was no way he was going to rise above his surroundings.

Look, a lot of things Waiters said hit home for me. Listen, anyone who is familiar with growing up in dysfunction knows that belief can be a powerful ally. If we don’t believe that we can make something of ourselves, then we’ll never get away from what plagues us. A lot of times, that fire is the only thing that keeps us going. Without it, we may have nothing to hope for. Waiters clearly understands this and it’s helped him to reach his goals.

In the end, I take my hat off to Dion Waiters. Also, he’s absolutely right about one other assertion: no one wanted to see the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Son, judging by the way they were playing before he got injured, they would’ve given headaches to either the Boston Celtics or the Cleveland Cavaliers. All in all, I hope they can make it happen next season, man. LC out.