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Demand rises for NBA to change logo because it’s not “black enough”

“Black kings built the league”

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Whether you’re an avid basketball fanatic or not, the NBA logo is one that has come to be recognizable and familiar in households across America. 

But, one NBA player thinks the league’s logo should be changed because it doesn’t accurately represent the number of black players. 

In an Instagram post Wednesday, Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets argued that “black kings built the league,” so the NBA’s logo should be changed to honor and reflect that. 

“Gotta happen, [I don’t care] what anyone says,” Irving wrote.

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The current, longtime NBA logo shows the silhouette of a tall man dribbling a basketball. Though no race is clearly observable, the graphic is reportedly based on a photo of former Los Angeles Lakers star Jerry West, a white man, according to BizPacReview. 

Despite this, Irving still wants the NBA to change the logo to a picture of the late and great Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. The proposed logo, a picture of Bryant rather than a silhouette, would make the logo all about race. 

The designer of the current logo, Alan Siegel, urged that the NBA was never trying to pay tribute to West specifically. Instead, they wanted to pay tribute to all players. 

“They want to institutionalize it rather than individualized it. It’s become such an ubiquitous, classic symbol and focal point of their identity and their licensing program that they don’t necessarily want to identify it with one player,” Siegel said in a 2010 Los Angeles Times interview. 

“It had a nice flavor to it, so I took that picture and we traced it. It was perfect. It was vertical and it had a sense of movement. It was just one of those things that clicked. Nobody else said anything. And when we did the publicity, nobody ever asked whether it was Jerry West,” he added.

Irving is just one of many who want to bring race into the NBA logo. After Kobe Bryant’s death last year, a petition was created to “immortalize him forever as the new NBA logo.” 

As of February 2021, the petition reached over three million signatures, including endorsements from celebrities like Snoop Dogg, T.I., Justin Bieber, Usher, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Levine, Meek Mill and Naomi Campbell, BizPacReview reports. 

While honoring the life of basketball legend Kobe Bryant is understandable, making the NBA logo about race is questionable. 

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  1. Wes Wendel

    February 27, 2021 at 9:09 am

    How about just a basketball? After all it’s actually the fans who built the league and we should simply pay homage to the sport.

  2. Kevin

    February 27, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Change it to whatever they want!! Not ever watching it again regardless

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Two Illegal Immigrants Arrested For Allegedly Plotting July 4 Mass Shooting

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Two illegal immigrants in Virginia have been arrested for allegedly plotting a mass shooting on a July 4 celebration after a “hero citizen” overheard a conversation about the plot and called police.

“A hero citizen picked up the phone and overheard a conversation there was a mass shooting being planned here in the city of Richmond, Virginia,” Richmond Chief of Police Gerald Smith said Wednesday.

“Two illegal immigrants, 52-year-old Julio Alvarado-Dubon and 38-year-old Rolman Balacarcel, were arrested and charged with being a non-U.S. citizens in possession of a gun after police uncovered a plot that the duo planned a mass shooting at Richmond’s July 4 celebration Monday,” Fox News reported. “Smith said that police investigated Alvarado-Dubon based on a tip to police by someone he would only refer to as a ‘hero citizen.’ Police investigated the claims and found Alvarado-Dubon was in possession of two rifles, one handgun, and 223 rounds of ammunition. He was arrested on July 1, while Balacarcel was placed under surveillance and eventually arrested on the same charges on Tuesday.”

Smith also addressed reports that one of the suspects has been deported several times but continued to illegally reenter the United States, saying it was “frustrating” that a person could repeatedly break the law and still be able to plan out a mass murder.

The news comes as illegal immigration has reached the highest level on record with nearly 240,000 migrants being encountered by border officials in May.

“There were an unprecedented 239,416 migrant encounters at the Southern border in May, CBP reports. This is the highest monthly total in DHS history, beating the record that was set the month before in April w/ 234,088,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter.

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National Public Radio Discontinues Reading the Declaration of Inependence

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A post by Todd Starnes alerts that National Public Radio (NPR) has ditched its annual ritual of reading the Declaration of Independence. NPR, derisively referred to by Starnes as “National Public Welfare Radio,” announced the cessation of reading the Declaration. Which staffers at the taxpayer-funded radio network had been reading aloud the document since 1988.

The void that would have resulted from not reading the Declaration was not unfilled. “Instead, NPR broadcast an 11-minute conversation about whether or not the Founding Fathers actually meant the words “all men are created equal.” Here’s a link if you’d like to listen to their “screed” (which also reminds us frequently that many of the Founding Fathers owned slaves).

Starnes disclosed that he owns “KWAM, the leading news talk radio station in Memphis, Tennessee. It angers me that my tax dollars are used to prop up a broadcast competitor that spits on our Founding Fathers and our Founding Documents.”

Interestingly, NPR’s newly voiced contempt and cynicism for the Declaration of Independence does not encompass refusing taxpayer-funded government support. Whether or not the Founding Fathers meant what they said and what they wrote may be grist for energetic banter on a radio program that is increasingly committed to shrill progressive virtue signaling. However, the topic of this discussion among smug well-remunerated media activists is irrelevant. The words of the Founding Fathers have been inspirational for two hundred and forty-six years and have been the moral and legal foundation used to free the slaves and develop Constitutional principles to ensure that slavery can never be implemented in this country. Slavery currently exists in several countries now, but NPR is dedicated to ignoring that scourge.

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