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If you were hoping for the whole Summer of Woke to simmer down now that the world has moved on from opening weekend of the NFL season, I have bad news for you. Duke basketball decided to go with an “equality” message on its jerseys for the 2020-21 season. As we all know here at Outkick, it’s very hard to quantify how much equality will come from Duke wearing “equality” on its basketball jerseys.
But here we are in 2020. The chef on Cream of Wheat products was axed late last month, and Uncle Ben was removed from the packaging of Uncle Ben’s Rice on the same day that the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision was announced. “What’s wrong with putting ‘equality’ on jerseys?” the woke crowd will argue. Meanwhile, here we’d say it’s a hollow symbol. Does this mean equality for the Nike workers in China who make the shoes worn by Duke basketball players, or just for the BLM crowd? Will Duke basketball players be allowed to call for equality for Nike workers in China? Of course not. They won’t be allowed to say anything negative about China.
Clay’s been over this before. Athletes who wear Nike gear with “equality” on the back are hypocrites who aren’t allowed to speak out, except for Rudy Gobert, who dropped a “wrong is wrong” message this week.
First look at Duke jersey’s for next season with Equality written beneath the numbers. Love this. pic.twitter.com/eFO0hJD35b
— Duke Basketball (@OTHDuke) October 2, 2020