Spring 2021 Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Kyle Korver and Wesley Woodyard on Faith and Racial Reconciliation

THIS IS EPISODE 503 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Kyle Korver is a forward with the Milwaukee Bucks. He was selected in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft and made his debut with the Philadelphia 76ers. He has gone on to play 17 NBA seasons, including an All-Star berth in 2015 during his time with the Atlanta Hawks. Korver holds the NBA record for highest three-point shooting percentage in a regular season game with 53.6% back in 2010 with Utah.

Wesley Woodyard went undrafted coming out of college at Kentucky in 2008, but signed with the Denver Broncos and just finished his 12th NFL season in 2019 as a member of the Tennessee Titans.

On this episode of the podcast, Woodyard joins Jason Romano as a co-host to talk with Korver about all that has taken place in our country since the death of George Floyd. We have a very real and raw conversation about race, faith and reconciliation.

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Here’s what I DON’T know. I don't know a single thing about what it's like to be a black or brown person in a country with an unjust, and often violent, system embedded in its institutions. I don’t know the right words to say all the time. I don’t know many of the books I should read. I don’t know enough of America’s history of oppression that’s often left out of official histories. I don’t know what I don’t know. Those are all forms of privilege. But I just wanted to write a short post about what I DO know. As a white person, and a white man, I want to talk about OUR OWN communities. White communities. Privileged communities. As white people, WE need to start talking to other white people about systemic injustice and racism. This can be done as we’re simultaneously looking to our black and brown friends and co-workers and leaders to guide us. But this part is on us: We need to start having our own versions of "The Talk," where we — at home, at the office, on the basketball court, at church, etc. — struggle in a serious way with our responsibility in this larger conversation about racism. Because even if we are ill-informed, we know enough by looking with our own eyes: people who are struggling against injustice shouldn’t have the burden to explain why that injustice matters to them and to us. They shouldn't have to constantly give us advice about how to help. As people who enjoy privileges, let’s take that initiative on ourselves. Not out of guilt. But out of responsibility. Out of a sense of the true meaning of community and family — that if we say we’re in it together, we can’t only be in it together when we’re called out on it. That starts with me. And you. And it seems to me that it’s the minimum requirement! But I believe we should start there. Please share your comments. #BlackLivesMatter #TheWhiteTalk

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