Civil rights group warns NBA to ban the introduction of Raptors into Kansas City
As NBA officials plan logistics for the next season during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, multiple civil rights organizations in Kansas City have warned the league not to use their city as a temporary home for the Toronto Raptors.
The Greater Kansas City Cities Alliance, the Greater Kansas City Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Missouri Chapter of NAACP Kansas City warned the alliance in a letter to Adam Silver last week, stating that Kansas City’s city leaders “failed to prove” black life Vital”.”
They said that while allowing the NBA to choose Kansas City as the home of the Toronto Raptors, it would be a great honor and arouse Kansas City’s NBA fans. Some issues will replace fun and financial benefits. “Protecting the lives of blacks is still our most pressing issue… Although Kansas City is a great sports city, it is also a city where law enforcement officials have shown extreme hostility and excessive force towards blacks.
The Raptors will relocate to the United States to replace international travel restrictions between states and Canada.
Kansas City and Louisville are considered temporary homes for the Raptors.
Three groups refer to multiple events “Racial characteristics” As evidence that Kansas City is not suitable for the alliance.
However, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas rejected these allegations in a statement prepared to the local station KMBC.
I commend our civil rights organizations for reminding our cities and organizations that protect black lives should be the most urgent concern of our communities and partners. Unfortunately, like Toronto, Chicago, Philadelphia and most NBA cities, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure that all our black neighbors feel safe in all interactions with law enforcement. Regardless of our future in the NBA, we are always committed to this important work.
Considering the NBA’s support for Black Lives Matter this summer, if Kansas City wants to host the Raptors for the 2020-21 season, some changes need to be made.
This post is written by Bonny Johnson