"James Baldwin in his essay 'A Talk to Teachers' wrote that the Black student who becomes aware of his relationship to American society risks psychological alienation. Once when a group of Black college students chuckled at this line during a public discussion, Baldwin dug in and pressed them to pick up and repurpose the tools of power with their own intention," writes Keenan Norris. "Last week, the NBA players took up those tools. At least for the moment, the dust has settled on the players’ playoff strike. After negotiations with league ownership, the players, 81.9% of whom are people of color, have decided to return to the court. But the terms of their peace speak to just how psychologically difficult, perhaps untenable, is their relationship to America and specifically its capitalist bedrock."
'Last week the NCAA’s Big Ten Conference, of which our universities are members, announced it is canceling the fall sports season. In announcing their decision, conference officials, university presidents and athletic directors cited concern for the health of student-athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic," write Boris D. Lushniak, Perry N. Halkitis and Brian C. Castrucci. "It was the right decision, and it was made for the right reasons."
“'Sports,' Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle said recently, 'are like the reward for a functioning society.' Does it therefore hold that in a nation so dysfunctional it can’t deal with a deadly pandemic, sports will be crippled? The U.S. is about to find out and discover what that means not just for the players, coaches and television executives but for all of us," writes Joe Nocera.