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Black Athletes Are Not Just Here to Entertain You

“Who makes the game?” former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling asked his girlfriend in 2014. “Do I make the game, or do they make the game?”

The NBA soon answered Sterling by banning him from the league for life shortly after that racist tirade, caught on tape, became public. Six years later, the Milwaukee Bucks have offered a more definitive reply. Before Wednesday night’s Game 5 of their playoff series with the Orlando Magic, Bucks players staged a wildcat strike in protest of police violence. Their focus was acutely on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, located about 40 miles south of their hometown arena.

Other NBA teams effectively canceled all three of the night’s planned playoff games as the strike spread through the sports world. Baseball, tennis, golf, and soccer players and leagues all joined the protest by sitting out games and matches or offering

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A noose was found in the stall of a Black NASCAR driver — just hours after Confederate flags flew over the track at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama

Bubba Wallace said in a statement that Sunday's act of hatred "serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society."
Bubba Wallace said in a statement that Sunday’s act of hatred “serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society.”

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  • NASCAR announced Sunday that it had found a noose in the garage stall of one of its drivers competing at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega County, Alabama.

  • The stall belonged to Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver currently competing in NASCAR’s Cup Series.

  • NASCAR condemned the “heinous act” in a statement on Sunday and resolved “to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”

  • In his own statement, Wallace said Sunday’s act of hatred “serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society.” 

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NASCAR announced Sunday that a noose had been found in the garage stall of the 43 team at the Talladega Superspeedway.

The

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