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Today on Context Florida: NBA social consciousness, symbolism of The 4th and Confederate flag must go

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Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, offers his National Basketball Association all-star team of social conscience. The NBA has always led other leagues on best hiring practices both for people of color and women, and has been the most progressive with its policies and impact on communities. So it’s not surprising that basketball is Lapchick’s favorite sport.

As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly known as the Fourth of July, visions of fireworks, barbecue and red, white and blue come to mind. But, taking a step back, Gary Stein thinks a more apropos name, albeit less patriotic sounding would be to call it Symbols Day. Most holidays are filled with symbolism, but as secular, government-sanctioned holidays go, “The Fourth” beats them all.

Many skeletons exist in Northern city closets espousing Black oppression. Black Northern migration after the Civil War is important history for all Americans to understand. The South has no lock on racism. However, Marc Yacht says the recent South Carolina church killings by a demented young white supremacist rekindles a stark realization of racism. The Confederate flag should go!

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