The Milwaukee Bucks were always bothered with all the events going on. As Mitchell wrote in his “how many more” piece, why are the Bucks playing games with the events that are happening, and do they even matter. The shooting of Jacob Blake and Kyle Rittenhouse murdering two protestors emphasized what George Hill said, “Coming here took all the focal points off what the issues are.”
Milwaukee decided enough is enough; they went on strike and didn’t play Game 5.
This is the decision that needed to happen; with everything that is going on in the world, you need your leaders to step up. The Kenosha’s Police Chief and department failed, multiple media outlets failed, the Speaker of Wisconsin’s assembly failed so miserably I have to wonder if he is the reincarnation of Satan; you can even argue the Governor has failed. So the Bucks decided to be the leaders and try to make change.
If you’re not going to take Black Lives seriously, you’re not going to see Black players entertain you; no more shut up and dribble, it’s time that you listen.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the teams to push for change and put actions behind their words. It’s not surprising considering Milwaukee is in the most segregated city in the country. This was a team that had one of its former players in John Henson be racially profiled in Whitefish Bay. This is a team that had a current player in Sterling Brown beaten and attacked by the police. It’s not surprising to see the events happening in not only Milwaukee, but everywhere in the country, especially if you’re black. If a team was going to be the first to do it, it was going to be the Milwaukee Bucks.
If you saw the Bucks strike and worried that they were going to have to forfeit, your priorities are wrong. If you saw what happened and thought this is ridiculous, your priorities are wrong. If you are upset cause your source of entertainment is gone for your early evening, go play cribbage and educate yourself.
If you’re rallying around the Bucks, good. If you’re feeling uncomfortable about all of this, that’s good too, cause you understand what’s happening doesn’t sit well with you. Marques Johnson, Zora Stephenson, Jim Paschke, and Craig Coshun were reminding us what the purpose was and gave real life stories and statements to stand their ground.
How many times will this need to happen for you to think enough is enough? For Milwaukee, they are not willing to find out that answer and it’s overdue. If all the statements, jersey names, tweets and videos didn’t get your attention, maybe this Bucks strike will.