Inclusion on the Court: What the NBA Can Teach Us About Relative Privilege

Some NBA and football players disproportionately carry the weight of others — here's why

Why It Matters

The Raptors locked down Canada’s first National Basketball Association win last week, to raucous celebration across the country. While we continue to celebrate the win, Amy Ge — of the equity-focused consulting firm Feminuity — takes a minute to unpack recent issues of inclusion and privilege on both the basketball court and the football pitch and explores how sport strengthens inclusion in communities.

Thursday evening marked the culmination of a history-making series for the Toronto Raptors, and most Canadians would probably agree that this year’s NBA playoffs were one of the most compelling in a long time. The Raptors brought home the 2019 NBA Championships for the first time in franchise history, and the moment the final score was broadcasted, the streets of Toronto — and cities all over Canada — flooded with fans cheering and celebrating. The elation was palpable and the people were electric, with “We the North” chants shouted out well into the night. It was clear that the Raptors did something special for the country.

But as effectively as sports can unify a whole nation to aspire to a common dream, it can just as easily divide — a phenomenon that we can see when taking a closer look at both this year’s NBA playoffs and Liverpool fans’ devotion

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