Women’s sports do not get the credit they deserve. We have lived in such a cis male-dominated society for so long, that we haven’t given the time, space, or energy to a large chunk of the population. There are many miles to go, but the tides are shifting.
While stars like LeBron James are told to “shut up and dribble”, women in sports have historically barely been even an afterthought. However, amidst a global pandemic, and a time during which racial justice has been on everyone’s radar more than it has been since the 60s, women in sports have managed to climb out of the way way back. They didn’t stay buckled and found their opportunity to climb through, over the center console, and into the driver’s seat.
Kelly Loeffler owns the Atlanta Dream. She is also a racist who was appointed to the United States Senate by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, replacing retiring Senator Johnny Isakson.
When the Wubble was established in the summer, the WNBA and their players continued to do what they have been doing for years. They put a great product on the court, and they fought for equality. So when peaceful protests swept the nation following needless killing of a black American after needless killing of a black American, these bad ass women did their part.
As has been the focus of debate for years, players kneeled during the anthem. And nobody came out against them harder than racist Dream owner Kelly Loeffler. So what did they do?
These women continued to stand up for what they believe in.
They continued to kneel, and endorsed their owner’s opponent, Reverend Raphael Warnock. When they did this, Warnock was polling just under 10%. And, I’ll admit, I had no idea who he was.
But after continuing to raise awareness, Reverend Warnock started to rise in the polls. And, in November, he pushed the Senate race to a runoff. Late last night, the race was called in favor of Warnock, ousting she-who-campaigned-with-a-Klansman after just a year in her seat.
The Atlanta Dream, and the WNBA as a whole, took part in elevating a movement to a national stage. They have been able to affect positive, necessary change within this country.
Stacey Abrams has been a fighter. She started a grassroots revolution that has flipped a former Confederate state, which only two decades ago ousted a Democrat for supporting the removal of the Confederate flag, blue. The women of the WNBA have played a huge part in that. And, thanks to their work, a black man is heading to the United States Senate to represent the state of Georgia for the first time.
It’s long past time for us to recognize the work that women do in society. And even longer that we recognize the work of black women. Because let’s face it, they have fought for and saved our democracy.
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