Imagine that the year is 2000. By some strange twist of faith and events, Nelson Mandela is still in prison. The Government of South Africa is still brutally and systematically oppressing the black citizens of South Africa, and the only reason for this subjugation of the people is because they are black. That’s it!
Somewhere along the line though, the world decided that economic and political sanctions against the South African government was actually counter productive the people. The reasoning is that by opening South Africa’s economy to trade with the rest of the world and ceasing to isolate them in other ways it would lead to more political freedom, and the less human rights abuses as the country begins to prosper.
Eventually the people of South Africa will be free because the country would not realize its full potential if 95 percent of the people cannot fully participate as free citizens. Sounds good in theory, but with each passing year the world looks on, and turns a blind eye as the white South African government becomes more savage, and the black citizens of South Africa continue to live in fear of their government.
In the midst of all of this, there has been some economic mobility for the people despite the oppression. The South African government gains prominence in the world, and multi national corporations and conglomerates are reaping the economic benefits of an open South Africa. Many of these businesses have become rich beyond measure as a result, and their fortunes, to a significant extent are directly linked to South Africa, especially American companies.
As South Africa continues to gain in influence around the globe and they become richer, it seems as though the world has forgotten the original reasons for opening up the country to trade and other activities.
In the meantime, Nelson Mandela continues to sit in jail, and there is not one inch of movement toward a free South Africa for all of the people. Apartheid continues to be their political system, and in fact, they continue to grow even worse.
Although generally speaking, the lives of many black South Africans have definitely improved, they are still lagging behind the rest of the world. There is still a significant number of the population who are suffering economically, and though there is more hope to climb out of poverty, and there is reason for a positive outlook where that is concerned, the people know that their government still does not tolerate political dissent.
Political opponents of the government are still beaten, tortured, or thrown in prison, and often times killed. Organs are harvested, and rape is used as an act of intimidation by the government. The families of political opponents are targeted and made to suffer for the actions of their relatives who dare to oppose the oppressive South African regime, then one day something happens. Another Soweto youth uprising occurs, just like in 1976, because the people are fed up of being oppressed, despite the economic improvement in their lives. They want freedom.
Unfortunately though, just like in 1976, the authorities respond just as violently to the uprising. The people continue to protest nevertheless, and the actions of these young people lead to a revived movement in the fight for freedom.With each passing day, the government’s response to the movement growers harsher.
Somewhere across the world, in a show of solidarity with the black population of South Africa, a guy by the name of Daryl Morey, a general manager of the Houston Rockets basketball team in the NBA sends out a tweet. The tweet ignites the ire of the white racist South African Government who then threatens the NBA with retaliation for allowing the Houston Rockets general manager to criticize their oppressive racist government.
The star player of the Houston Rockets even apologizes to the South Africans for his boss’s tweet supporting the oppressed people of South Africa. Many people are shocked and outraged by the NBA kowtowing to the South African Government who is telling Americans what they are allowed to say in their own country.
Everybody then turns to the NBA’s social justice warrior extraordinaire to get a response and they are dissapointed because he too refused to support the people of South Africa suffering under the thumb of their oppressive government. Instead the king of social justice warriors in the sports world talks about how the tweet had the potential to jeopardize people financially and in other ways.
Dissatisfied with that answer from the guy who knows how to speak truth to power, the people press him further. Finally he says “I’d be cheating my teammates by continuing to harp on something that won’t benefit us trying to win a championship because that’s what we’re here for,” he concluded “We’re not politicians.
In other words, he’s just going to shut up and dribble.
Well…this is all a hypothetical scenario, but can you imagine it?