The Celtics’ Jaylen Brown on Racism in America

By: Colleen B
Posted: January 12, 2018

Jaylen Brown had an interview with The Guardian’s Donald McRae (@donaldmcrae on Twitter). He is the author of ten books and is also an interviewer for The Guardian. In Donald McRae’s words, “Jaylen Brown is one the most intelligent and interesting young athletes I’ve met in years”. Within the interview, which took place in Boston, Jaylen Brown retold a parable made famous by American writer David Foster Wallace.

With Martin Luther King day approaching Monday,  Jaylen appropriately discussed racism in the United States.

Jaylen told Donald McRae, “Racism definitely exists across America today. Of course it’s changed a lot – and my opportunities are far greater than they would have been 50 years ago.” He also addressed the denial of racism, saying “So some people think racism has dissipated or no longer exists. But it’s hidden in more strategic places. You have less people coming to your face and telling you certain things.” He also commented on our president’s role, saying Trump has made it “a lot more acceptable for racists to speak their minds.”

Now, remember back in November when I wrote about how Kyrie caused a huge, annoying stir about the world being flat? And how mad I was? Because the “elementary school teacher in me” couldn’t leave out the part where Kyrie was actually influencing kids in school? Well, fear not. Jaylen picked up the slack.

Brown admits, “…when I got older and went to the University of California [Berkeley] I learned about a more subtle racism and how it filters across our education system through tracking, hidden curriculums, social stratification and things I had no idea of before. I was really emotional – because one of the most subtle but aggressive ways racism exists is through our education system.”

THANK YOU JAYLEN! Finally, someone who understands the impact of his voice on today’s youth. Maybe he should go talk to Kyrie…?

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Nina Lee

Nina is a 21 year old college student from Massachusetts studying Elementary Education and Political Science. She has always been involved in playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Her favorite teams are the New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics, as well as wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynyk are playing!


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