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Kolapo Ojebuoboh

In Korver's essay, in 2015 when he and fellow teammate Thabo Sefoloshia arrived late in New York as players for the Atlanta Hawks, Thabo was arrested by the NYPD and due to the use of excessive force they broke his leg. As Korver recalls the ordeal he remembers that the first thought that entered his mind wasn't for his teammate’s welling or why he was arrested, he was concerned about why Thabo was at a strip club on the day of a back-to-back NBA games. He also recalls the shame and embarrassment of not immediately thinking of his friend’s well being, He also recalls a situation with Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook when the Thunder played the Jazz in Utah, anyone who follows sports has heard the story Russell got into a shouting match with a fan and again, Korver recounts that he didn't really think about the situation, he thought that the situation wasn't that serious as he thought that was just Russell being Russell always interacting with fans. But as the information became public he began to think that he, being a successful white basketball player would always be a sort of ‘double agent’ in the means of that he can be friends with every famous athlete of color but he would always be a person that would be able to tilt to either side of the ledge. So as a means to remedy that and make people of all backgrounds understand the situation the NBA wears black themed tee-shirts during Black history month to promote equality in the whole NBA.

Veronica guerrette

I think that he did think that based on his friend being the only one who is white in a team full of African American's isn't a easy task. He wanted people to know no matter what your skin color is you could go for that thing you are passionate for. I think he feel bad for felling like it was his friends fault but he still wanted let people even white people face racism. I have seen it before with a friend. I felt it was unfair because the person was being judged based their skin color. I remember feeling ashamed for not saying much for my friend but I quickly snapped out of it and helped out my friend. He askes himself why would they hurt his friends leg while putting the friend in jail. He blamed his friend for getting himself in prison. There is always two sides of a story that I learn it from mom. I do you think should listen to both sides before deciding what to think. It's a hard pill to swallow when comes to picking who's reality to pick on but both him and Thabo, I would pick Thabo sense I want to hear what and how he feels about being thrown in jail. I would listen more if I went to talk to Thabo about being in jail.

Dillon

In Kyle Korver’s “Privileged” he argues against racism in the NBA, but on a greater level, racism consuming America. To argue his points, Korver tells two separate stories from his career: the story of Thabo Sefolosha’s police brutality case, and Russell Westbrook’s incident with a heckler in Utah. He uses these cases to showcase racism in his workplace, and racism plaguing American institutions such as the criminal justice system. Following from these points, Korver explains the need for white’s in America to recognize our white privilege. After exposing the wrongs at hand, Korver suggest a handful of personal solutions that he has been pursuing in his own life. Korver believes for America to truly have equality we must continue to educate ourselves on racism specifically by listening, we must support good leaders who hold the values of equality to be true, we must sometimes step back and let others play their role in the cause, and that we must hold people accountable. Accountability, Korver believes, is the hardest part. He believes this because its easy to condemn racism in public, but behind closed doors, no one can truly know the prejudices within someones heart.
I agree with Korver on all accounts: America and specifically the NBA are blind to their prejudice nature, and all people need to become active in taking responsibility by fixing the problem at hand, by implementing Karver’s solutions. First addressing racism in America, I look to the White House. Void of party and politics, the president accepted support from the KKK and allowed Neo Nazi’s to riot in Virginia. He practically advertises a “news” network that told Lebron James to “shut up and dribble”. The real issue facing the country here is that no one within those circles are condemning these aggressions on equality. Divide is consuming this country because leadership is blind or in favor of the inequality at hand, and not acting to bring unity. Sports leagues like the NBA and NFL are equally intrenched with this kind of racist behavior. Look no further than Colin Kapernick, who has literally been blackballed from the league after voicing his support for racial equality. This is a guy who started QB in a supper bowl! Situations like what happened to Westbrook in Utah or Kapernick in San Francisco need to be a sign for fans to wake up. Stand behind your athletes as Korver calls you to do. If you wear his jersey, or Lebron’s, or Curry’s, or Green’s, know that these guys are supporting this cause, and if you support them, you kinda should too…

Matthew Clary

Matthew Clary
Professor Smith
English 102
October 6, 2019
Racism in America
The author Kyle Korver is arguing that white people will never understand how it feels to be an African American in society today. Korver’s starts this article when he talks about his teammate getting abused by police and getting arrested in New York City. Then Korver talked about an event when an NBA fan said some racially charged comments to a player. He argued that this situation was not about the NBA player and some heckler it was more, it was about racism in America. Korver then begins to think about how to how to be a part of the solution to the problem that the white culture is causing. Korver concludes that white people need to be more accountable for their actions of racism but that they can’t speak up about what African Americans have been through but that then need to listen and understand to make American a better place.
I agree with Kyle Korver’s views that white people are not guilty for their forefather's actions, and that white people are responsible for their actions. I agree that white people are not guilty for their forefather’s actions because the white people that live today did not make the decisions 150 years ago to do what white people did during that time. It is very simple they were not alive, so it is impossible to make white people feel guilty for the actions of their forefather’s actions. I also agree with the fact that white people are responsible for their actions because they are continuing the racism that was supposed to have been ended over 100 years ago. I think that because of slavery our society will never evolve to be equal. I think the only way to solve this problem is to do what Korver comes up with that white people need to hold each other accountable. This is a major issue in our society, and I hope one day our society can one day learn to live together equally in this country.




From “Privileged” by Kyle Korver
https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/kyle-korver-utah-jazz-nba

Joey Gonzales

In the article, Kyle Korver argues that through his own experiences, no white man can understand the struggles African Americans go through in today’s society. Korver speaks about an incident that occurred in 2015, where one of his teammates and friends was mistreated by the police and his first reactions made him realize his own misconceptions. He ended up coming out with the article a few years later, after a well-recognized basketball player, Russell Westbrook, had an incident with a fan throwing out racial slurs towards him during a game. Korver goes onto talk about his feelings towards these issues and although he feels strongly about them, he doesn’t feel as he has a position to talk about things. Towards the end of the article, Korver challenges the reader that the only solution to this issue is for each person to take accountability for themselves and others.
I agree with Korver’s view that socially there is an epidemic that isn’t acceptable, but I disagree with his viewpoint saying white men are responsible. There is a specific part of the article where my viewpoints don’t align with Korver’s, when he says that Caucasians aren’t guilty for how past generations have treated African Americans, but they are responsible. I don’t believe this statement is accurate, because it wasn’t my generations direct actions that caused any harm on black men. It is something that should be recognized, but for all whites to take responsibility for something they never participated in doesn’t make much sense. I do agree with all the other claims Korver makes, stating that it is an individual’s responsibly to take accountability for themselves and their peers. The answer isn’t that simple however, as there will always be outliers, such as the man in Utah making statements towards Russell Westbrook, that will unfortunately continue racism in an American society that whom majority is ready for equality.

Haley Merrill

Haley Merrill
Mrs. Smith
Eng 102
6 October 2019

In the article “Privileged”, Kyle Korver argues that we as white Americans have a responsibility to hold each other accountable for the racism that occurs in this country. He discusses his awkward position on racism as a white player in the 75% black dominated league. He states how he has acquired a greater awareness to the racism that occurs to his teammates both on and off the court. In this article Korver provides his support for his teammates and makes a number of key points on the topics of accountability, listening to one another, and the relationship between guilt and responsibility. Korver touched on accountability quite a bit and speaks about how we must hold each other accountable both for the actions we commit and the actions we fail to commit. Failing to speak up or stop a racist act can cause just as much or more harm as committing one. In addition, Korver speaks about how we must listen to what one another has to say. In order to provoke change, we must take into account everyone’s opinions and experiences and work together to come up with solutions. Another important point made by Korver is how we often associate guilt and responsibility together. He explains that on the basis of racism, he believes we are not guilty for the actions of our forefathers but we are responsible for them as white Americans. He continues this point by stating that it is not about passing blame onto one another but about taking responsibility for the divide between black and white people as a result of slavery.
I agree with Korver on his point of accountability and the importance of listening to one another but disagree with his ideas on the guilt and responsibility of white Americans. In my opinion, it is very important for us to not be bystanders and acknowledge that racism is still out there and that we must stop it whenever it is seen. I also agree with him on how critical listening is. As with any topic, we must listen to one another’s thoughts and ideas if we want to create a solution that is supported by everyone. However, I do not agree with Korver on his belief of guilt and responsibility. Korver provides these two rhetorical questions to demonstrate his opinion: “As white people, are we guilty of the sins of our forefathers? No, I don’t think so. But are we responsible for them? Yes, I believe we are.” I completely disagree with his response to the second question he proposes. We are not responsible in any way for the actions that were committed by our forefathers and nor should we be as we didn’t commit them. In any scenario, a person is not held responsible for the actions committed by another person unless they took part in them or they watched them happen and did not step in. We did neither. However, I do believe that we have a responsibility as humans and as Americans to treat each other with kindness and respect all people. We are responsible for making a change not because of the evil acts that were committed by our forefathers in the past but because we as Americans want to see brighter future for the nation we live in.

Kyle Korver, “Privileged”: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/kyle-korver-utah-jazz-nba

Wilson Meeks

In Kyle Korver’s article, he talks about how our society today is racially charged. He starts of the article talking about how the players in the NBA feel about how racist the league has become and how it has spread to fans and it is bothering the players. The players want protection in their place of work and they feel as if they should not have to put up with this kind of mockery and prejudice. He then goes into depth about how the racially charged league is stemming from today’s society. Korver talks about how racist the world around us is and how it should not be like this anymore. He talks about how although he is white, he is trying to understand what the players of color are going through. Korver talks about how this needs to change now and how negatively it can affect the players in the league and people of color in the nation.
I agree with Korver because I feel as if the world treats people of color differently and everyone knows that it is not okay, yet it never changes. With all of the hate that comes in this world, the most common hate is race. The world judges by color and by how people were raised long ago and the logic behind racism is completely messed up. People of color deal with this on a daily basis and the world never stops to say that it is wrong. Everyone is so focused on how they think and what they were taught at an early age, but no one ever stops to think that maybe the logic is wrong and that it is inhumane to treat someone different just because of the color of their skin.

Manny Parker

Kyle Korver wrote “privileged” which is an article arguing against the ignorance and passive racism that is present in the not only the NBA but in all of America and how we need to listen to and address these problems. He talks about an anecdote about his teammates arrest and how he perceived the incident at the time. Despite being friends with this person over a year at this point Korver assumed the teammate was arrested because he did something wrong without even hearing the other side of the story. This was a basic reaction he had to the incident without even thinking which made him realize he was somewhat responsible for the passive racism he saw all around him. He further argues the need to listen to the incidents that occur around us because we have a responsibility to improve the world around us to be equal for all races and white people especially because we are the race that has a specific advantage.
While I agree with Korver that we have a responsibility to help those being taken advantage of around us, I do not think it is our job to change the way every racist person in America thinks. I think we should do everything we can to change those around us or at least change the people we surround ourselves with so that racism is not present; however, it is simply not a plausible idea that we can influence people so that racism is not present at all. There will always be biases and other ideas that can be seen as racism present in people’s minds so I think we should try to change what is around us and is we cannot then change who we are around.
Kyle Korver
"Privileged"

CoolGuy01

Kyle Korvers's take on racism in the nba is a very enlightening view point. He discusses the hidden racism that some people may have. He talks about how it is important for us to examine ourselves and make sure we are not unintentionally discriminating against people based on their race. I have never personally experienced the experience he had described in the article, but I could see how other people could accidentally fall into the trap he did. It is very important that we all look deep into our internal biases we may hold against certain people, purely based on a factor that is completely out of their control like race or ethnicity. It must be very hard for the white players in the NBA to be surrounded by an unfamiliar culture, but it is something that they have to learn to accept and put away their hidden internal biases. It is very important that we treat all people equally, and Kyle Korvers speaking out about it will allow more people to realize their mistakes and open up about them. If we are all able to do what Kyle Korver was able to do we could all make the world a much better place for everyone around the country to live in.

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