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Is this a tipping point for social justice?
On "Fearless with Jason Whitlock" Tuesday, Jason celebrated what he called a series of major victories in the cancel culture war.
"To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anyone's demands …," Chappelle said in the video. "I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It seems like I'm the only one who can't go to the office."
"So far, Dave Chappelle ain't backing down," Whitlock remarked, noting Chapelle's example of "what it looks like when a black man stands up and refuses to back down because some people are upset."
He went on to highlight boxing legend Floyd Mayweather's recent statement on social media in support of NBA star Kyrie Irving, who has been banned from the Brooklyn Nets facility until he complies with COVID vaccine mandates.
"A free mind makes its own choices, an enslaved mind follows the crowd," Mayweather said. "Stand for something or fall for anything. … It's crazy how people hate you for being a leader. I hope your actions encourage many others to stand up and say 'enough is enough.' Respect to you, Kyrie, and power to the people."
"Mayweather just demonstrated more courage than the overwhelming majority of Irving's NBA peers," said Whitlock. "They're afraid to publicly support a peer who is taking a courageous stand. They don't want to be on the wrong side of a Twitter or Facebook or one of those algorithm lynch mobs."
Next, Whitlock talked about Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter, who publicly called out prominent NBA sponsor Nike for their hypocrisy on China's human rights abuses.
In a video posted on his social media accounts, Kanter said, "Dear Nike, your company says that you're making a positive impact in our communities, and that is true. Yes, you are. Here, in the United States, Nike stands with Black Lives Matter, Nike stands with Stop Asian Hate, Nike stands with the Latino community, and Nike stands with the LGBTQ community. And Nike remains vocal about injustice here in America."
"But when it comes to China, Nike remains silent," he added. "You do not address police brutality in China. You do not speak about discrimination in the LGBTQ community. You do not say a word about the oppression of minorities in China. You are scared to speak up."
"Yes, they are [scared to speak up]," Whitlock agreed. "But more than that, they're frauds. All of them. They blast America because social media algorithms will reward criticism of the country that made them rich and famous. They blast America because the Chinese Communist Party rewards criticism of the country that made LeBron, Jordan, and Colin Kaepernick rich and famous."
Finally, former UNC Tar Heel and Minnesota Timberwolf Rashad McCants and sportswriter Steve Kim joined Whitlock to continue the conversation.
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