Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Suns Shine A Light On Arizona Racism

In an extremely bold move, players on the Phoenix Suns basketball team have elected to wear uniforms labeled "Los Suns" as a symbol of solidarity with racially targeted latinos in the southwestern state. 

According to Steve Kerr, the team discussed it internally before going to the league for approval to wear the 'Los Suns' jerseys, but also to come out publicly in this way.  Kerr said both the NBA and the San Antonio Spurs were fully supportive of the Suns move.

Team captain Steve Nash made a public statement regarding the uniform switch.  "I think the law is very misguided. I think it is unfortunately to the detriment of our society and our civil liberties and I think it is very important for us to stand up for things we believe in.  I think the law obviously can target opportunities for racial profiling. Things we don't want to see and don't need to see in 2010."

Amare Stoudemire and Alvin Gentry also expressed their support for the decision with more of a focus on supporting their neighbors. "It's going to be great to wear 'Los Suns' to let the Latin community know we're behind them 100%," Stoudemire said.

There's no question that this public move will receive considerable backlash in this state and likely among many Suns fans and perhaps even sponsors.  "We want to celebrate the diversity that exists in our state and exists in the NBA. We know what's going on and we don't agree with the law itself," Kerr said.

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