The NBA season starts today, and I can’t wait! With all the big moves this offseason, there are tons of matchups I’m anxious for, and even more individual and team journeys I’m excited to watch (especially the Timberwolves). The NBA offseason wasn’t just about moves within the league, however, as it also contained responses to unnecessary moves and words by President Trump and verbal support for Kaepernick and other’s who’ve chosen to take a knee during the national anthem. Yet the verbal and non-verbal political statements made by athletes of all sports throughout America this year, let alone those throughout the world, are far from unprecedented. In fact, if it weren’t for such racial, political, and cultural statements made by some of the world’s greatest athlete’s, America, and therefore the world, could and would be a very different place. That’s why I believe sports history should be a required high school class.
One of my favorite superheroes of all time is D.C.’s Batman. But when I was younger, it was often hard for me to relate to the dark knight because, well, he was a rich white guy. And in case you didn’t already know, I’m not rich…or white. But instead of griping about it, I created a black Batman in my mind, and with this version of the hero there are some notable differences (and not just about him).