A trio of NBA coaches – Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich, and Stan Van Gundy – have become three of the sports world’s leading commenters on race and politics. Ever since the rise of Donald Trump, the trio have decided not to #StickToSports, and instead have spoken poignantly on current events.
On Thursday, Popovich was asked about what Black History Month means to him. The most poignant quote was his highlighted section in the tweet below on privilege in America. After saying that we cannot stop talking about race because “there’s a lot more work to do,” Popovich said, “When you talk about opportunity, it’s not about ‘Well if you lace up your shoes and you work hard, you can have the American dream.’ That’s a bunch of hogwash.”
“If you were born white, you automatically have a monstrous advantage educationally, economically, culturally in this society,” Popovich continued. “And all the systemic roadblocks that exist, whether it’s in a judicial sense, or a neighborhood sense with laws, zoning, education, we have huge problems in that regard that are very complicated, but take leadership, time, and real concern to try to solve. And it’s a tough one, because people don’t really want to face it.”