From the conversations had by the likes of Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard, and Avery Bradley, many have wondered what the NBA would do to continue to bring awareness and action to the movement against police brutality in America. It seems as though that the season will move on (assuming there are no hiccups regarding coronavirus), and the league will need to show good faith to their predominantly black league, that they take the Black Lives Matter movement seriously. While we wait to see what that plan will be, the Los Angeles Lakers have taken it upon themselves to try and make a change immediately.
They will be hiring Dr. Karida Brown, to a new role titled “Director of Racial Equity & Action”. The Lakers’ press release is below courtesy of Mark Media/USA Today.
The Lakers named Dr. Karida Brown as their director of racial equity and action. Details below pic.twitter.com/3cVgzac4Xm
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 18, 2020
Lakers COO & President of Business Operations Tim Harris expanded on Brown’s future role, saying this:
“We are very happy to have Dr. Brown join the team. She will play a key role in implementing educational programming on race and racism for our employees and helping us focus on racial equity in or day-to-day functions, as well as empowering the organization to identify ways to be more active participants in affecting real change.”
It’s very nice to see that the Lakers made this type of move unprovoked by the Association that governs them. It’s also even nicer to see the Lakers be proactive for things like this, when there’s never really been any mention of a racial problem within the organization. Hopefully, other franchises around the league will take notice, and figure out ways that they can continue the movement to a much better league, and a much better America.