The George Floyd situation has been as polarizing as you’d expect, as even though he was clearly murder, people are still debating whether if it was a racial situation or not.
That’s not for us to decide, but the NBA community has had a pretty strong stance and response to this situation. They’re condemning institutionalized racism and are speaking up for the minorities by demanding justice for Floyd and other Africanamericans that died at the hands of the authorities.
However, it seems like Steve Nash’s most recent post has done little to clear the air. Instead, he infuriated some of his white followers, as the former Suns’ point guard claimed that it is their responsibility to finally change things in the U.S:
This is a white problem. How are WE Caucasian people going to create equality? Listen. Read. Walk in others shoes. Organize. Sacrifice. Change. Support. VOTE! These are the MINIMUM of REPARATIONS.
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) June 1, 2020
“This is a white problem. How are WE Caucasian people going to create equality? Listen. Read. Walk in others shoes. Organize. Sacrifice. Change. Support. VOTE! These are the MINIMUM of REPARATIONS,” Nash wrote.
Needless to say, that rubbed some people the wrong way. Nash’s message was intended to encourage empathy and sympathy for minorities, but instead, some accused him of widening the gap even further. Others made the most of the opportunity to spread their racist ideas and condemn the protest:
Another celeb trying to make white people feel ashamed to be white like noone is racist towards white people or we never get killed by cops except we do as well as latino people. Its always blame white people like Africa and China etc are so peaceful. HUMANS can be good/evil
— trevor norton (@trevnorton) June 1, 2020
And loot local small businesses!
— Klark (@klarkgallagher) June 1, 2020
I am sorry. I refuse to walk in stolen shoes.
— Johnny (@jackfrank7) June 1, 2020
I disagree. As the mother of 3 bi-racial men, I believe this is an EVERYONE problem. We ALL need to work to be better, to be more supportive, and to be more understanding of one another. There can’t be REAL change unless we ALL make an effort to stand together. #UnityIsStrength
— Amy Jones 💫 (@amyjones_03) June 1, 2020
Whites may have created the problem with slavery, gerrymandering, redlining, etc, but what exactly can the average white do to fix the problem? Believing that whites can fix the problem is even a little racist in itself, Steve.
— J-Rock (@thejermjerm) June 1, 2020
That white guilt is really something
— ➡️Nish⬅️ (@HKZ_506) June 1, 2020
I’m white. I’ve never been racist. I don’t find race even remotely interesting. None of this is my fault or responsibility. I accept no unearned guilt. We should fight police brutality where it arises not on racial grounds but in human rights grounds.
— Joe Sanders (@joesanders33) June 1, 2020
I think this is a human problem. Everybody sees the world in black and white and honestly everybody sees people just the same. We’re all humans. We all walk the same, laugh the same, smile the same. People are unique, yes, but why do we have to focus on the color of skin?
— Tyler (@TYbogen15) June 1, 2020
I am sorry. Let’s not call it a white problem. I do all of those things you tweeted and I am white. So it can’t be a white problem. It is an EVIL problem and needs to stop. EVIL comes in all shapes, colors and forms. And your note that most of the looting is coming from…
— Julie (@julzy816) June 1, 2020
This comment is total BS!
— Mike (@backstrap4me) June 1, 2020
If we can’t even agree on a tweet, then we definitely have a lot of work to do.