I'm old. I'm white. My daughter works in law enforcement, and within my family there is an extensive law enforcement presence/history.
1) I think the article and included commentary are well written.
2) Wade is to be commended for actively engaging and speaking up. Considering he did it OUT of uniform, and NOT on the field made it an exceptionally courageous act. This is an especially important point to consider and why having this article/commentary is particularly significant and germaine. ALL of us that are sports fans need to appreciate who the PEOPLE are inside those uniforms when the game is "over".
3) When the game is "over" would you, Larz, recognize Wade walking down the street? Would you be as "forgiving" or "accepting" of him without the uniform? Which is why the mere act of speaking out or protesting, as GUARANTEED to ALL OF US by the Constitution, is so important.
4) Regarding the comment by Beta about "ghetto" mentality, I could not disagree more. Wade's act, and his statements, show that he IS out of the ghetto. That he IS going to school, and going to class. That he is engaging with his teachers and his peers, and is striving to act in an educated, enlightened, and constructive manner. He's not out on the street burning things. He's not ranting or raving. Agree or disagree on the merits of his comments, but leave the vacuous and uninformed racist stereotypes at home.
5) Not directly relevant to this situation, but IMHO germaine, this is why Kapernek and the NFL protests were/are being done. The impact/recognition of the protest is SEEN because of the setting and the uniform. Put these same men in a differernt setting without the uniform, and you get much less notice, impact, and have much less significance. Put Wade in unform on the field in Happy Valley, protesting before a game. What reaction does that get?
You should be proud of Wade. It takes courage to act as he has. He should be praised for acting on his beliefs. Isnt' that "We Are"?