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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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BLM Leader Vows to ‘Abolish’ NYC Mayor De Blasio’s Vax Passports

Says ‘Free Pass to Racism’,  ‘Modern-Day Freedom Papers’

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Chivona Newsome

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s vaccine mandates and consequential vaccine passports necessary to enter most bars and restaurants in the city are being dubbed racist by a Black Lives Matter leader.

Chivona Newsome co-founded the Greater New York Chapter of BLM and also ran as a congressional candidate in 2020 for New York’s 15th district sent a statement to Fox News explaining the claims of racism.

“Although Mayor Bill De Blasio ran on progressives values, nothing in his tenure will attest to his campaign promises,” Newsome stated. “The September 13th vaccine mandate is racist and specifically targets Black New Yorkers. The vaccination passports are modern-day Freedom Papers, which limit the free will of Black people.”

De Blasio’s mandates went into effect September 13, ordering indoor establishments making patrons show proof of vaccination before entering. Businesses can face fines up to $5,000 for not complying. On September 20, the Mayor’s office announced it had already issued 3,200 warnings to businesses in the first week.

Newsome continued, “The vaccination mandates infringe upon the civil liberties of the Black community…It’s more than where we can dine or enjoy entertainment, it will result in loss of income. As of Monday, September 27, Black health care workers and educators will lose their jobs.”

Newsome’s concerns for minorities and repercussions such as losing jobs is the same reasoning hundreds of groups and unions across the country have stood up against Biden’s vaccine mandate. Postal workers, Police unions, Nurse Unions and Hospital administrators are all amongst those expressing outrage.

Newsome says De Blasio’s actions are a direct attack on black Americans, and he “chose to disenfranchise and force the very people who elected him into poverty and second-class citizenship.”

She explained that de Blasio is, “fully aware of the hesitancy and distrust people of African descent have about vaccination and their interactions with government and law enforcement.” Newsome concluded, “the vaccination passport will not be a free pass to racism. Our organization pledges to demonstrate until the vaccine mandate is abolished.”

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Democrat Pushes Back On False Claim Border Patrol Agents Whipped Migrants

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Henry Cuellar

During a CNN interview on Tuesday, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) pushed back on false claims by other Democrat lawmakers that U.S. Border Patrol agents riding horses were swinging whips at illegal immigrants trying to cross the southern border.

CNN anchor Victor Blackwell pushed the false information during, saying the Border Patrol agents were hitting migrants with what “appears to use what looks like a rope or a lasso” and then asking Cuellar for his reaction.

“Well, you know, certainly, we got to make sure we treat all the immigrants with respect and dignity,” Cuellar responded. “But I will say this, Border Patrol has had those horse brigades for a while, they’ve had them for a while, number one. Number two, they don’t carry whips. And they do not carry lassos. I think the picture you’re talking about, at least the one I’ve seen is the rein, the rein of the horses.”

“And should those be used? Should those be used should even if it is a rein?” Blackwell asked.

“Well, again, if there was a problem, it should be investigated,” Cuellar responded. “And I think that’s it, but we cannot paint the Border Patrol with that same type of paintbrush. Look, you know, what are they supposed to do? Just stand there and let everybody come in? You know, they’re supposed to be enforcing the law, but again, as to how you enforce the law, you got to make sure you treat people with dignity and respect.”

The CNN interview came after a video surfaced of illegal immigrants attempting to evade U.S. Border Patrol agents on horses and run into the country. In response, many Democrats falsely declared that the agents were using whips on the migrants – despite the fact that Border Patrol agents do not carry whips and there being zero evidence any of the agents struck any of the migrants.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), for example, tweeted, “The images of inhumane treatment of Haitian migrants by Border Patrol—including the use of whips—are unacceptable They are fleeing violence and natural disaster and seeking protection in our country The Administration must uphold our refugee laws and stop Title 42 deportations.”

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