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Recently, I have been posting some articles regarding professional sports and the impact that it has on the rest of society. Today, Kyle Korver, a white basketball player for the Utah Jazz, came out with an essay titled, "PRIVILEGED." I saw a ton of tweets about it today and the first few times I just kept scrolling, but after scrolling through the news feed for a while, more and more people kept tweeting about it so I felt like it was an important read. It was very informational and very eye-opening, and it offers a perspective through the eyes of an experienced NBA veteran. This has been such a popular and valuable article already because typically, white NBA players haven't come out in public and admitted to maybe being a part of the problem without really knowing it. For example, Kyle admitted to an instance, where there was a time when his teammate, Thabo Sefolosha, went out to a club the night of arriving in NYC after playing a game in Atlanta, and Thabo was brutally beaten by police and arrested, and spent a night in jail, but he didn't do anything. Kyle said, "Anyway — on the morning I found out that Thabo had been arrested, want to know what my first thought was? About my friend and teammate? My first thought was: What was Thabo doing out at a club on a back-to-back?? Yeah. Not, How’s he doing? Not, What happened during the arrest?? Not, Something seems off with this story. Nothing like that. Before I knew the full story, and before I’d even had the chance to talk to Thabo….. I sort of blamed Thabo." So, he admitted that he has been a small part of the problem, and wants to make sure that he does everything he can to help racial problems around the league because it's unacceptable. I thought it was very powerful that he had the courage to write something like that and be completely open and honest about it, and I would love to hear everyone else thoughts on this piece. Do you agree with Kyle? What should players and the league do better about racial equality?