Morning Free Association: Postponed

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Last night, the NHL postponed games from last night through tonight to join in the protest of racial inequality in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting. It was not a given nor an easy process for the league. However, with pressure from within by their players in the bubble and from without, including the Hockey Diversity Alliance, and other leagues, the NHL and the players decided to take the next two days off from playing so as to not divert America’s gaze from the injustice of this latest police brutality incident.

Of course, this doesn’t stop people from questioning what purpose is served by this two-day break or from likening athletes not performing their job to normal people who don’t show up for work. It’s different and you and I know it but still there is risk with any action like this.

The last statement by Kevin Shattenkirk regarding Matt Dumba kneeling during the anthem smacks of “that’s good enough for him, I guess but there’s no way I would do that” which illustrates the issue at hand; white players aren’t willing to stick their necks out for their teammates or opponents of color.

Mark Borowiecki, thief-thwarter aka “Borocop” and teammate of Anthony Duclair, gets it. I wonder if he would consider taking a knee in the next season?

However anyone feels about it, racism is here in hockey and sports as well as being the greater evil in our society. It’s time to stop considering this a political issue and addressing it as what it really is: a human rights issue that affects more than just black people; it affects our whole society. It’s been over 400 years, it’s time to make equality real in our country. It’s time for uncomfortable truths and reconciliation of them. It won’t happen overnight but it won’t happen if we keep trying to sweep it under the rug, either. Like it or not, athletes opting to not play games swings a spotlight on the issues. It’s a small step but many small steps lead to progress.

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Well, the players stepped up and the league responded. I can’t help but feel that they were shamed into it, but they still get partial credit from me.

Will the league & NHLPA start being consistent & genuine regarding race issues going forward?
I have my doubts, but this could be a turning point.

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Sometimes you need a smack upside the head to get in gear. (Saying this as someone who needs a smack upside the head because they’ve been really lazy at work this week. lol )

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Hi folks

What a world, what a world. It’s good to see influential people setting an example but it’s still going to take time for change to happen.

Saw a good film last night – Radioactive. About Marie Curie. Google myself down a very interesting nuclear physics rabbit hole this morning as a result. That was a welcome escape from current affairs for a bit!

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Radioactive is near the front of our Amazon queue, but haven’t watched yet. Maybe tonight. Wished I’d thought of it last night – no hockey and the RNC was on all the news channels – I’d rather stab myself than watch that – it was a continuous stream of lies, bullshit & fear-mongering whenever I caught a snippet.

I do enjoy the occasional physics rabbit hole – I used to be really good with that in college. Even took quantum as an elective just to fill an empty spot in my final semester. In spite of being one of the most hard-core engineers on campus, I primarily hung out with physics majors & theater geeks. But I’m not up to speed on the last few decades of stuff.

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Part of our journey to Worcester last week involved changing from a train to a tube at one station. That meant walking through a long tunnel which had advertising posters on the walls.

It was pretty depressing seeing lots of ads for music festivals that never happened and films that were showing at the cinema back in March – but one of them was for Radioactive and it stuck in my mind!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. When I watch sports, I get to watch sports without the weight of racism and being made to feel like I’m not welcome in sports fandom. I really really really hope we can change the culture so hockey truly is inclusive and for everyone.

And I also want to give praise to the WNBA who have been leaders in this fight.

The London Bear
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Well said