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Black lives matter — here’s a way to help them

People in this country are hurting right now and have been for a long time. Here are some groups and charities that need support.

Protest over the death of George Floyd in New York Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

It’s been a rough couple of days for a lot of people in this country, to say that very least. For a lot of those people, it’s been rough for a long time before that.

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last week has made the decades-long issue of police brutality and systematic racism reach a boiling point, with protests sparked in cities all over the country, including Dallas.

I cannot even begin to imagine how the black community is feeling, but I do have a platform, no matter how small it is, to help. So Mavs Moneyball is going to help.

If you’re wondering why a basketball blog is posting this, here are some reasons, aside from the fact that it’s, you know, good.

  1. The Dallas Mavericks have already shown their support through their actions, whether that’s the NBA Coaches Association led by Rick Carlisle or Mark Cuban, Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson, Justin Jackson and Maxi Kleber showing up at a vigil for Floyd this past weekend in Dallas.
  2. The entire reason this blog exists is because it covers the Mavericks, a basketball team in the NBA. Breaking news: the NBA is predominately filled with black athletes and is synonymous with black culture. While those of us at Mavs Moneyball don’t necessarily profit from that culture (insert rimshot about SB Nation team site writers/editors being underpaid here), we do have a voice because of that culture and because of that community, even if it isn’t the largest voice around. I have a platform that thousands upon thousands of people read every month and I owe it to that community, that culture. It’s only right.

With that being said, we wanted to amplify some groups and charities that could use your support. Not everyone can protest, especially with a pandemic, so this is a good way to still help.

If you’re able, please contribute to any of these places. If not, just be a good voice and ally for your black neighbors. They need all of us now to help.