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Available Expert - NBA players hold historic boycott to shed light on racial injustice

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Queen’s University expert Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin is available to comment on the historical boycott of three NBA playoff games Wednesday night. The NBA players stood in solidarity as the members of the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their game to ensure they could shed a light on the shooting of Jacob Blake at the hands of police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Toronto Raptors have been at the forefront of this conversation throughout the resumption of the season.

“The players’ refusal to play illuminates that their solidarity presents a powerful platform” says Adeniyi-Ogunyankin. “They have a lot to lose if they walk away, but they are also demanding an end to our racial capitalist system that profits off Black bodies when convenient but mostly considers them disposable – bodies the system lets die. The clarion call for Black Lives Matter within the NBA illustrates that there’s an intricate relationship between capital, history and systemic racism.” 

 The NBA's board of governors will meet Thursday and likely address whether the playoff games will resume. The players also will meet separately to decide how long the stoppage lasts.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Julie Brown (julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.   

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