Thursday, May 1, 2014

Celebrate May Day and the Threatened Strike That Beat Racism

May 1 is a multiple holiday: not just an ancient spring festival (informally as International Fuck Outdoors Day), but also International Worker's Day.

Celebrate as you see fit.

Dave Zirin at The Nation:

But now we also know that in the days before Adam Silver levied this punishment, he had word that players had planned to walk off the court before the start of Tuesday night’s playoff games.
As Marcus Thompson II wrote for the San Jose Mercury News:
“The plan was set, the product of a 30-minute players meeting. The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions. They were going to take the floor for the jump ball, dapping up the Clippers players as is customary before games. 
Then once the ball was in the air, they were just going to walk off. All 15 of them.
‘It would have been our only chance to make a statement in front of the biggest audience that we weren’t going to accept anything but the maximum punishment,’ [Warriors player Stephen] Curry said. ‘We would deal with the consequences later but we were not going to play.’

Would this all have actually happened? Would players actually have walked off the court? In many respects, this doesn’t really matter. As any union organizer will tell you, a threatened strike is a tactic in and of itself. One thing that we do know is that Adam Silver was aware these actions were discussed and there cannot be a question that it played into his thinking on whether to issue the lifetime ban as soon as he conceivably could.

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