Monty Williams screens ‘The Uncomfortable Truth’ to educate Suns on racial assumptions
In light of the Black Lives Matter movement that has sparked talks and demonstrations against racism, Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams screened a documentary to his players to educate them about racial assumptions.
Per Brendon Kleen of SB Nation, Williams screened “The Uncomfortable Truth,” a documentary made by a white filmmaker who discovers the grim reality that his family had a role in the slave trade in the American south. Williams has recommended it to friends, family, and recently to his own players.
“A lot of times we get ourselves into trouble — especially people who have a microphone — when we start to talk about things that we assume,” William said. “If we can educate ourselves and educate our kids and educate guys in the NBA, it can remove assumptions. And once you remove those assumptions, I begin to understand someone else’s background.”
Monty Williams has considered one of the top NBA coaches today. A former player himself, he has accumulated significant coaching experience in the NBA. He was also part of the coaching staff of the US Men’s Basketball Team that snagged the gold in the 2014 World Cup in Spain and in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Black Lives Matter was sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Demonstrations mushroomed all over the nation. Countries outside the US also joined in on the movement with respective protests on their homeland.
The NBA has been one of the most outspoken institutions with regard to racial injustice. In fact, the league will allow its players to replace their names on the back of their jerseys with pre-approved words/phrases of protest.