Recently, Fox Sports 1’s Marcellus Wiley said it was not a good idea for NBAA to paint “Black Lives Matter” on their courts when the season resumes. ESPN reported this in reaction to “players insistence” that the fight for racial equality and social justice be a central part of the league.
Wiley’s impassioned speech explained his argument against this move. “There’s a problem when you start to go down this road of freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and how much social space is allowed for those who don’t support that same space,” Wiley explained. He goes on to argue what will happen in terms of identity politics then. It divides and polarizes, no matter how you look at it. That’s the effect of those intentions, even though the road is paved with “good” intentions from most.
Wiley read over BLM’s mission statement and voiced concerns over certain parts of it, particularly “dismantling the patriarchal practice” and “disrupting the western-described nuclear family structure requirement.”
Wiley explained the statistics behind the “nuclear family structure requirement” and how it identified his reality in the past. Children from single parent homes (the 1995 statistic he read back before college) [are] five times more likely to commit suicide and six times more likely to be in poverty. They are nine times more likely to drop out of high school, ten times more likely to abuse chemical substances, fourteen times more likely to commit rape, 20 times more likely to end up in prison, and 32 times more likely to run away from home. Wiley explains that people found themselves outside of their goals and dreams and aspirations, so when he sees a Black Lives Mission statement about the nuclear family structure requirement, it makes him scratch his head.
Wiley also brought up the mission statement of eradicating all white supremacy but in 2020, white supremacy is the mission. He understands and respects the space and what they are protesting for, but then asks if they will respect others who don’t support that same protest.
The organization has hacked the name of an honorable movement, so why support an organization that isn’t about the name it wears? Marcellus Wiley had the guts to speak the truth in a profession where you can get vilified in doing so. Credit to Wiley for doing the digging and research that most won’t, then go behind the slogan and find its Marxism all the way down. We know what half a century of family destruction has done to black Americans – it’s almost psychotic to want more of that.