From Kyle Korver:
Two ideas that I’ve been pondering about a lot lately are guilt and duty.
When it comes to racism in America, I believe that guilt and duty have a tendency to be noticed as additional or much less the exact same issue. But I’m starting to comprehend how there’s a genuine distinction.
As white men and women, are we guilty of the sins of our forefathers? No, I do not believe so.
But are we accountable for them? Yes, I think we are.
And I guess I’ve come to understand that when we speak about options to systemic racism — police reform, workplace diversity, affirmative action, greater access to healthcare, even reparations? It is not about guilt. It is not about pointing fingers, or passing blame.
It is about duty. It is about understanding that when we’ve stated the word “equality,” for generations, what we’ve seriously meant is equality for a specific group of men and women. It is about understanding that when we’ve stated the word “inequality,” for generations, what we’ve seriously meant is slavery, and its aftermath — which is nonetheless getting felt to this day. It is about understanding on a basic level that black men and women and white men and women, they nonetheless have it diverse in America. And that these variations come from an ugly history….. not some random divide.
And it is about understanding that Black Lives Matter, and movements like it, matter, due to the fact — effectively, let’s face it: I almost certainly would’ve been protected on the street that one particular evening in New York. And Thabo wasn’t. And I was safe on the court that one particular evening in Utah. And Russell wasn’t.