To put it bluntly, s#!t is hella real right now. America is a society in transition and women are the reason why. Specifically, Black women. That isn’t to be divisive or dismissive of others, it’s just a statement of fact. Right now, the WNBA and the NBA are at the forefront of that fight alongside those young activists and seasoned civil rights advocates that we see filling the streets with their presence and their voices.
Athletes have an incredibly powerful platform and having leagues that fully support their mission to achieve equality under the law makes gives that platform the support and nourishment it needs to thrive. Something the NFL is feigning to understand now that Colin Kaepernick has been proved victorious in the eyes of history but we digress.
Candace Parker pulled up to ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt on Sportscenter to talk about what she and her sisters-in-hoop have been doing to ensure that the goal is met. Additionally, she details some of the things that the WNBA is doing to make sure the ladies have everything they need to see a win.
Just recently, the star player from the Los Angeles Sparks teamed up with Adidas to share her experiences of racial discrimination and sexism, in a heartfelt mini documentary. The MVP recounts growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood and being picked on throughout high school. She also recounted the harrowing stories of getting picked on last during her basketball games as a kid. Despite the bullying, Parker states that she stayed committed to her goal of becoming a WNBA star.
“… It’s all about perspective — when people try to put individuals in a box and then get mad at them when they don’t fit. I love seeing obstacles that people put up, saying you can’t do something, and then trying to break those down,” Parker said in the video.
Candace has also used her platform to address social justice reform. In July, the baller partnered with the “Change Has No Offseason” campaign to combat systemic racism and sexism. The campaign is focused on addressing issues of voting, education and immigration reform.
Candice will also be working alongside the campaign to conduct community outreach dedicated to mental health, wellness as well as police and youth relations and women’s rights. We love her passion and advocacy for change. Peep her latest interview with Sports Center down bottom.