James Gatz wrote:LaVar is far from a perfect man. I don't particularly like him very much. Yet to say that race wasn't a factor in his portrayal or our own perception is a falsehood. America (the media, the police, etc) treats black people more harshly than their white counterparts. It also tends to condemn especially harshly people of color who are outspoken. LaVar is a classic case of such.
The doesn't matter "black, white, red, green, blue" is a classic case of undiscovered basis. It does matter who is white, black, asian, latino. It might not in a huge way, but we all have racial basis. It's up to us to examine those basis to create a more just society. Merely saying "I'm not a racist" isn't enough.
The colour of someones skin absolutely matters - but it's not a catch all.
Sometimes a duck is just a duck. And LaVar has proven to be a duck.
But I don't want to pull this thread away from LaMelo and how wonderful he has been - on the court and off the court.
I do wonder if, being that this is his first season and he is already doing what he is doing, how much more room does he have to improve? Apart from maturing his body, how close is he to his ceiling?
Could be be closer than might have been 1st thought?