SAN FRANCISCO – 01-07-2019 ( — In thisera of heightened scrutiny of the political and social effects of corporatedecisions, the NBA appears to be operating autonomously and without concern.For an organization that movedthe 2017 All Star Game to New Orleans because of discriminatorybathroom laws in North Carolina, it is both odd and appalling that the NBA isseemingly turning a blind eye to San Francisco’s inherent racism in blessingthe relocation of the Golden State Warriors out of neighboring (anddiversity-friendly) Oakland. It is particularly upsetting for a league that iscomprised of over70% black players to support the move to an insidiously racist citylike San Francisco.


The Cityof San Francisco lauds itself as a progressiveand liberal city, which might be true in theory, but it’s hard tofind in practice if you’re one of its black residents. The black community hasbeen continuously bullied and eradicated by the City, and the population by thenumbers is subsequently  plummeting.Just as with the forced exodus of the Fillmorecommunity, the City continues to pave over black history (like in Midtown)in favor of corporate millions and a veneer of broad-sweeping social concern.Though San Francisco has been largely supportive of its LGBTQIA community, itcannot be canonized and idealized because prejudice is still alive and well, asevidenced by the rampant mistreatment of the City’s black citizens.


Racistneglect and abuse of black San Franciscans can be found in every corner of theCity, and often it’s at the hand of the City itself. This past October, the ACLUannounced a suit against the San Francisco Police Department afterobserving evidence of clearly discriminatory arrests from 2013 to 2015. Officerswere specifically targeting black San Franciscans while deliberately bypassing dealersof other races.


The Cityis also involved in a suit that it brought against a successfulblack landlord, Anne Kihagi. The city mounted an aggressive, retaliatoryfight, spending close to 70% of its legal resources, to fight one lone blacklandlord after she filed a federal complaint against City of San Francisco fordiscriminatory practices. Citing disproved claims and fabricated incidents; betweenJudge Angela Bradstreet’s uncheckedbias, the City Attorney’s foulplay, and the City’s villainizing of Ms. Kihagi in the media, theCity of San Francisco was able to fine her over $2.5million without anyone so much as batting an eye while most landlordsare only fined $100


Even blackSan Franciscans working for the City aren’t immune. In late fall 2018, ahearing was held at City Hall to discuss discrimination against theCity’s black employees, who make up about 15% of the local government’s workforce.While the City kept repeating that this is above the national average, theycouldn’t answer why African-American employees are stunted, reprimanded,harassed, and terminated more often than their white counterparts. 


This isall merely skimming the surface of the deeply ingrained discrimination thatpermeates San Francisco culture and government, making it quite clear that theCity is only interested in the Warriors because they’re at their peak inperformance – and revenue. With the move to a brand-new, billion-dollarfacility, ticket prices and ticketholder demographics – and, therefore, the fanbase as a whole – are sure to change to chiefly reflect Silicon Valley’swealthiest instead of die-hard Oaklanders. Has San Francisco become somoney-hungry that itmust now steal from its neighbors


Recently, NBA superstarLeBronJames condemned the NFL as having a “slave master’s mentality,”while simultaneously praising the NBA and its commissioner Adam Silver for theleague’s handling of issues of racism. Perhaps Mr. James should have examinedthe NBA a little deeper, juxtaposing the socially conscious Cares programwith the imminent abandonment of a black Oakland community that has fiercelycared for its team for nearly half a century. With its approval of the Warriors’move to the discrimination haven of San Francisco, it’s hard to believe thatthe NBA really does Care. 



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