Chris Paul on the National Basketball Players Association’s partnership with Dove Men+Care to further the social justice efforts of the NBA bubble

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As the current president of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul has overseen a pivotal moment in NBA history with the 2019-2020 season’s continuation in a bubble and its prominent focus on social justice issues.

Paul, a ten-time NBA All-Star, spoke to Business Insider in a phone interview this week about the NBPA’s partnership with Dove Men+Care in a new social justice initiative called “Commit to C.A.R.E. Now.” With “C.A.R.E.” as an acronym for “Care About Racial Equality,” the program seeks in part to build on the work initiated by players in the NBA bubble regarding public safety, voting rights, and the media and cultural representation of Black men. 

The initiative’s website extends visitors a two-part “pledge” to work to combat systemic racism through personal education and advocacy, and to sign a petition demanding that the US Senate pass The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (H.R. 7120), which will “offer a comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives,” according to the site.

In our interview, Paul discussed the “Commit to C.A.R.E. Now” program’s aims and his efforts with the NBPA to get 95% of the league’s players registered to vote in the 2020 election, an uptick from 2016. He also reflected on the work that went into bringing the NBA bubble into existence and his perspective of playing in it as a league veteran. 

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This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

How did this partnership with Dove come together?

The NBPA and Dove Men+Care wanted to partner to continue the work that we’ve all been doing. This Commit to C.A.R.E. Now program. C.A.R.E., the acronym, for Care About Racial Equality. So we want to just continue to amplify our voices, all the work that our players have been doing in the bubble. We wanted to try to keep that going.

What do you hope to accomplish specifically, or what’s an example of something that it could bring to fruition?

Man, there’s a lot of things, and Dove has been supporting all the efforts that we have. I’m sure you saw during the game a few nights ago, we announced over 90% of players were registered to vote. Now we’re at 95%, with 20 teams at a hundred percent. The voting initiative has been really huge for our players. The George Floyd bill, which a lot of guys are very passionate about in our league. There’s so many different things that have been highlighted, and we just want to continue to amplify that to try to create change.

I saw that 90%. You said it’s 95 now. It’s important work, a critical societal purpose. Anytime I hear a figure like that, though, I’m wondering, “Who’s the 10%.” Or how did that come about?

I don’t think we focus on that. We just focus on trying …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Sports

      

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