Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown recently spoke with ‘The Undefeated.’ During discussions, he opened up about his continued advocacy for social justice regarding people of color.
“Just because I escaped some of the barriers that society has put up and reached a certain level of success doesn’t mean I’m going to not care about the community that I came from.
And the people who won’t, we still have these things that are institutionalized in systemic racism that are affecting people’s lives every day.”Jaylen Brown
Brown mentioned that he didn’t have the answers to fixing the issues at hand. However, he still implores others to use their respective platforms to help bring attention to them. He suggests that through a collective effort in that regard, we may better the social climate that surrounds us today.
Jaylen Brown stands as one of the more outspoken players in the NBA on social justice today. He has carried his efforts during protests last Summer and brought them onto his public platform. The fifth-year veteran will look to continue his pursuit for change in social and racial relations on multiple fronts.
Jaylen Brown on the Celtics/NBA coaching changes
Earlier in that same interview, Jaylen Brown discussed his satisfaction with the influx of new black coaches in the NBA. Regardless of the intent behind these new hires, Brown saw it as a step in the right direction.
“Whether it was because they were just trying to shut us up, or because they actually believed it was the right thing to do, it don’t matter to me. That representation is important.
And that’s giving people access and resources that they need and deserve to have, especially former players. They deserve to have a seat at the table too, especially in coaching positions, as well as in-office positions, ownership positions. Those are important as well, especially if they’re qualified.”Jaylen Brown
Of the eight new coaches hired by NBA teams, seven were African-American. One of these hires includes Brown’s Boston Celtics, who hired former Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka. This brought about a massive shift compared to other years that saw few people of color receiving these jobs. As Brown saw it, this grants a newfound representation for people of color.