Kyrie Irving and Dennis Shröder were both ejected from Saturday’s Lakers-Nets matchup, and their exchange turned some heads. It’s hard to relay exactly what was said, but Irving’s Twitter feed left a clue:
The N-word is a derogatory racial slur!— K.A.I A11Even (@KyrieIrving) April 11, 2021
It will never be…
-a term of endearment
NEVER FORGET ITS FOUL AND TRUE HISTORY!
Throw that N-word out the window, right alongside all of those other racist words used to describe my people.
We are not slaves or N’s
Kyrie Irving and Dennis Schroder were both ejected after getting into it during the third quarter. pic.twitter.com/i2UEyKba3m— ESPN (@espn) April 11, 2021
Irving opted to skip his usual post-game media session and is now missing today’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves “for personal reasons.”
Why this is impactful
Kyrie Irving may be known as a prima donna with no ability to control his emotions, but I’m actually going to defend the Nets star here. He’s not only complaining about perceived injustice from white people. He’s being equally harsh to people of his own race, including his contemporaries in the NBA.
All we’ve seen in the past year are BLM hashtags and 12-second heavily edited Facebook clips designed to divide America. Black Lives Matter is an organization that profits off of emotional and hypocritical black people. Don’t believe me? Then explain why BLM founder, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, just purchased a $1.4 million secluded home in L.A., far away from struggling minorities. Why is she soaking up the sun far removed from those she’s “fighting for”? Hmmm. I wonder.
It’s not actually hard to see the hypocrisy — those that supported this organization simply have to admit they were wrong. Unfortunately, that’s never going to happen. Which brings me Kyrie Irving and how holding EVERYONE accountable makes you more trustworthy and impactful.
Kyrie Irving doesn’t sway from the basketball part of the game very often.— Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) April 11, 2021
That’s rare for him to get that fired up.
Irving and Dennis Schröder have been ejected.
Maybe Kyrie had his “rare” on-court blow up because he saw a blatant double-standard in society. Black people speak to each other in language used to describe slaves, yet are easily offended when another race utters the same term. We see the same hypocrisy on display when BLM stays silent even as black people regularly murder black children in the streets of Chicago or Detroit.
They’ll remember an unarmed black man being shot by a white police officer in 2012 though. Scary how they aren’t even pretending to care about injustice.
That’s how Kyrie will be heard, or at least should be. He isn’t asking white people to treat him equally and expecting different rules and regulations that don’t apply to “his group.”
Irving asks all people to speak to each other with respect and that applies to all races — rich or poor. Kyrie often acts out publicly when he shouldn’t, and people then ignore him as a result. But this time he’s right. No group of people should be permitted to ask for special treatment.
And right now, black people aren’t living by the standard they insist others follow.