- Social activism has become the calling card for many players in the NBA; their supposed legacy off the court.
- Many are looked up to for speaking out as they do, but then their activism stops there, well short of any real change.
- If the ‘woke’ generation really wants an NBA player to look up to, they should look no further than Enes Kanter.
Enes Kanter is a good NBA player. He is not a great one, but he does his job, knows his role, and contributes to the relative success of whatever team he happens to play for. This season is his first with the Boston Celtics and his fifth team in nine seasons. He is good enough to remain in the NBA. But he is not good enough to have a following or cult status like LeBron James or any of the other established superstars in the league.
So, it comes as no surprise that Kanter is not looked up to like they are – but he should be.
Are You ‘Woke?’
Lots of people – regular, everyday citizens and athletes alike – enjoy talking the talk when it comes to social activism. They like to talk about how aware (or ‘woke’) they are about the injustices in the world. But calling people out for a perceived or actual wrong on social media is as far as many people go in their so-called activism.
Many people do what President Obama recently cautioned against:
Enes Kanter Is Not One of Those People
Since coming to the U.S., he has been a vocal critic of the oppressive regime back in his homeland of Turkey. As a result, he has been unable to see his family,