I love reading anything written by Jason Whitlock or Clay Travis of Outkick.com. This article by Jason Whitlock is another in his series “dedicated to educating professional athletes on the real agenda and impact of the so-called Black Lives Matter movement.” In the article, Whitlock said “Earlier this week, I renamed BLM, calling it Bigots Love Marxism.”

While athletes shout “Breonna Taylor” or “I can’t breathe”, thinking that they’re making a positive change, they’re actually just getting duped. Instead of raising awareness to an issue, one of these athletes’ favorite buzzwords, they should take a bigger role in improving black lives. According to this article, there are 46 NBA players making more than $25,000,000 a year. Even after eiminating the foreign-born players, there’s still 37 players that fit into that category.

The point is that a group of these players could establish an opportunity scholarship program to get kids out of crappy government schools across the country. They could then give awards to students who used those opportunity scholarships to achieve high GPAs. Another group of players could provide scholarships to HBCUs. That would incentivize students to work hard in school. There’s no down-side in that. Another group could help start businesses in places like Baltimore, Minneapolis and St. Louis, thereby returning capitalism to blighted inner cities.

While they’re doing that, they can tackle police reform, too. If athletes are serious about that, which I think they are, they should pay a visit to Sen. Tim Scott’s office. If they did these things, they’d find President Trump and HUD Secretary Carson fighting right alongside them. They’d also send the unmistakable signal that they’re serious about transforming blighted neighborhoods into prospering neighborhoods. That type of public-private partnership could transform our cities and our economy.

This video is must-see TV for athletes:

The question is whether these athletes want the positive press or whether they want to change neighborhoods for the better.

3 Responses to “Instead of supporting BLM, support urban capitalism & opportunity scholarships”

  • eric z says:

    Off point – wishing you and readers a good holiday. And a safe one.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Thanks Eric. Right back at you.

  • John Palmer says:

    Gary your suggestions reflect substance not symbolism. Substance requirers putting skin in the game. When the symbolism ends nothing has changed. By putting skin in the game in the manner you describe these athletes will have less money in their wallets but they might get a return on the investment.

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