Barber makes clear his belief that the role of Christians is to call for social justice and allow the “rejected stones” of American society—the poor, people of color, women, LGBTQIA people, immigrants, religious minorities—to lead the way.
Why is basketball different from all other sports leagues in embodying America’s social conscience? Perhaps because 83.1 percent of the players and 60 percent of the fans are non-white, making it the only major North American sport in which the majority of fans aren’t white.
Can I say people were outwardly racist? No, but it’s embedded in our consciousness. It’s not a matter of being overtly racist, it’s how deep it’s bound in there and how much we have to unbind. We all have it. Everyone carries white supremacy. - Latham Thomas