As it readies a return to play, the multibillion-dollar NBA has never felt smaller. Players are marching this week for George Floyd, a black man who was killed in the street by a Minneapolis police officer while three more watched, and against a system of racist, abusive policing that exposes this country’s foundational prejudice. They are marching, really, for the right of black Americans to remain alive. It is a matter of such obvious urgency that people of all backgrounds in all 50 states have flocked together amid a pandemic, risking their own health for a reckoning long overdue.
Yet both threats continue to advance, boxing in our nation like peaceful demonstrators on a bridge. On one side is law enforcement, some with badges covered and weapons raised—the face of a system of oppression.
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