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Is the NBA's return a distraction from the civil rights movement?

While NBA fans celebrated the agreement between the NBA and NBPA to resume the 2019-2020 season, a sect of basketball players wasn't so elated. A number of NBA athletes don't want the season to resume because they feel that basketball will distract from the civil rights movement that currently has a lot of momentum. The reasoning is if people are watching basketball, they aren't spending time pounding the pavement, protesting and advocating. Others think the players can use the NBA platform while they're on television to spread the message to a wider audience and have more impact. What do you think? 🏀

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If you had a choice to win an NBA championship or win civil rights, there is only one answer. Basketball is an entertaining game, but with so much being done of the civil rights front, it would be irresponsible to take attention away from it.

This isn't a time to worried about the NBA championships, points or rebounds. The country is at a critical time in its history. The civil rights movement needs to strike while the iron is hot and continue to push for changes to the system that are desperately needed. Playing basketball does not matter as much as securing protections for everyone against police brutality and inequality.

The NBA needs to stay out of the spotlight and give activists the stage for more important wins.

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It's all about perspective. Some NBA players like Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard look at returning to the NBA as a distraction while some fans look at it as an opportunity to amplify Black Lives Matter on an international platform. Coming back to play basketball can still be beneficial to the movement.

The NBA has been one of the more open sports leagues when it comes to accommodating players and the issues that are important to them. If the players asked for a moment of silence before games, BLM banners or anything else, the league might implement the requests, keeping the civil rights conversation going even when games are happening.

The NBA's return would actually be a beneficial to civil rights, not a distraction.

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Is the NBA's return a distraction from the civil rights movement?
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