The situation with George Floyd was as polarised as one would expect, as if, even in the case of an apparent murder, there was still a debate as to whether or not the situation was racist.
It’s not up to us, but the NBA community is pretty strong and responsive. They denounce institutionalised racism and defend minorities by demanding justice for Floyd and other Afro-Americans who died at the hands of the authorities.
However, Steve Nash’s latest contribution seems to have done little to clarify the situation. Instead, he angered some of his white supporters because a former Sun joker claimed they were responsible for the latest change in the United States:
It’s a white man’s problem. How are we, as Caucasian people, going to create equality? Listen to this. Read it. Put yourself in your place. Make sure you do it right. A sacrifice. Change. Support. VOICE! These are MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.
– Steve Nash (@SteveNash) 1. June 2020.
It’s a white man’s problem. How are we, as Caucasian people, going to create equality? Listen to this. Read it. Put yourself in your place. Make sure you do it right. A sacrifice. Change. Support. VOICE! These are MINIMUM REPORTS, Nash wrote.
Needless to say, it’s offended some people the wrong way. Nash’s message was to promote sympathy and compassion for minorities, but instead, some accused him of widening the gap even further. Others took the opportunity to spread their racist ideas and denounce the protest:
Another celebrity who tries to shame the whites knows better than anyone how to be racist against whites, or we will never be killed by the police, only by us and not by Latin Americans either. He is always blamed for the fact that whites like Africa, China, etc. are so peaceful. People can be friendly/obedient
– Trevor Norton (@trevnorton) 1. June 2020.
And stealing from local small businesses!
– Clark (@klarkgallagher) 1. June 2020.
I’m really sorry. I refuse to walk around in stolen shoes.
– Johnny (@jackfrank7) 1. June 2020.
I disagree. As the mother of three biracial men, I think this is a problem for EVERYBODY. We ALL have to work to be better, to support each other more and to have more understanding for each other. There can be no real change if we don’t make an effort to be all together. #Unity is strength
– Amy Jones (@amyjones_03) 1. June 2020.
Whites may have created a problem of slavery, deception, dismissal, etc., but what exactly can the average white person do to solve this problem? The belief that whites can solve a problem is inherently a little racist, Steve.
– J-Rock (@thejermjerm) 1. June 2020.
This white wine is really something special.
– ➡️Nish⬅️ (@HKZ_506) 1. June 2020.
I’m white. I’ve never been a racist. I don’t find the race very interesting. It’s neither my fault nor my responsibility. I don’t accept any undeserved guilt. We must fight police violence if it is not based on racist motives, but on human rights.
– Joe Sanders (@joesanders33) 1. June 2020.
I think it’s a human problem. Everyone sees the world in black and white and, frankly, everyone sees people the same way. We’re all human. We all walk the same way, we all laugh the same way, we all smile the same way. People are unique, yes, but why should we focus on skin colour?
– Tyler (@TYbogen15) 1. June 2020.
I’m really sorry. Let’s not call it a white elephant problem. I do all the things you’ve twittered, and I’m white. So it can’t be a problem for whites. It’s a MAL problem and it has to be stopped. EVIL is available in all shapes, colours and designs. And your memo that most robberies are committed by…
– Julie (@julzy816) 1. June 2020.
This remark is completely absurd!
– Mike (@backstrap4me) 1. June 2020.
If we can’t agree on a tweet, we certainly have a lot of work to do.