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You never have to say something like “stay woke” to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich because he is “woke” 24/7. He has exhibited on numerous occasions that he is never afraid to address things that others in the spotlight may shy away from. Prior to the Spurs game against the Raptors on Thursday, Coach Pop was asked what the annual observance of Black History Month means to him. As you might expect, he spoke freely and in depth about it and as you will see, its another reason why players around the league love him.


To listen to Coach Pop’s response you can click the link below.

If you prefer, here is his response, transcribed courtesy of Michael C. Wright of ESPN

Well, it’s a remembrance, and a bit of a celebration in some ways. It sounds odd because we’re not there yet, but it’s always important to remember what has passed and what is being experienced now by the black population. It’s a celebration of some of the good things that have happened, and a reminder that there’s a lot more work to do.

But more than anything, I think if people take the time to think about it, I think it is our national sin. It always intrigues me when people come out with, “I’m tired of talking about that,” or, “Do we have to talk about race again?” And the answer is, “You’re damned right we do.” Because it’s always there, and it’s systemic, in the sense that when you talk about opportunity, it’s not about, “Well, if you lace up your shoes and you work hard, then you can have the American dream.” That’s a bunch of hogwash.

If you were born white, you automatically have a monstrous advantage — educationally, economically, culturally, in this society and all the systemic roadblocks that exist, whether it’s in a judicial sense, a neighborhood sense with laws, zoning, education. We have huge problems in that regard that are very complicated, but take leadership, time, and real concern to try to solve. It’s a tough one because people don’t really want to face it.

And it’s in our national discourse. We have a president of the United States [Donald Trump] who spent four or five years disparaging and trying to [de]legitimize our president [Barack Obama]. And we know that was a big fake. But still, [he] felt for some reason it had to be done. I can still remember a paraphrase close to a quote “investigators were sent to Hawaii and you cannot believe what they found.” Well, that was a lie. So if it’s being discussed and perpetrated at that level, you’ve got a national problem.

I think that’s enough.

It is always very refreshing when Popovich answers questions like this because you always know you’re going to get a real answer without any filter. He is not afraid to address things like white privilege and slavery or even attack the President, which of course earns him nothing but respect.

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