‘We’re stuck’: Durant says move to Warriors woke him up to race problems in US

  • Warriors star pays tribute to Colin Kaepernick’s protest movement
  • Eight-time All-Star won first NBA title with Warriors last season

Kevin Durant says the protest movement started by Colin Kaepernick, as well as the vitriol he received after his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors, have opened his eyes to his status as a black man in America.

In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Durant says he has thought more about race and America in the last 18 months. Before that, he says he was shielded from the problems many African Americans face due to his extraordinary basketball skills. “A black man makes one mistake … I see how far we get pushed down. For me, I kind of grew up in this basketball world, whereas my talent kind of overrides what I look like,” said the eight-time NBA All-Star. “I didn’t have it as rough when it comes to that, as far as social or systematic oppression or any social issues. They didn’t really apply to me because I could put a ball in a basket.”

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