We congratulate the members of the Fever basketball team on their willingness to demonstrate their interest in social justice. Freedom of speech or expression is in the Constitution of the United States for that very purpose. The morning paper carries a well-written statement by team member Marissa Coleman.
But we wonder what further action they might use to demonstrate their willingness to advocate, and actually take, a more specific and tangible position.
It seems to be an agreed situation that the Indianapolis Police Department is underfunded. More officers are needed. Should we not also be looking particularly at how any new hires, and eventually current employees, are receiving appropriate training in community relations? Any such needed training would certainly add to the operational costs of the department. How to finance such an increase?
Well, the "free rent" stadium, and the annual sixteen million tax dollar gift to the team, which allows the owner to make possible the players' very well paid positions, might be considered. A position, of course, which they now use as a platform to make their feelings about social justice known.
Would the team members be willing to suggest to the "boss" that public funds might well be better used for a step toward a more united, desirable community? Would they dare to suggest that such subsidy of a private corporation could be at least a small part of the irritation which contributes to ill feelings in parts of a community?
Are team members willing to take a more productive step than a "take a knee" photo op?
P.S. There is apparently some speculation that players of the Colts are considering "knee" action. Our guess is that the football team members are considerably better paid than the ladies of the Fever. We would asks them the same questions we have just asked the ladies. How much is a taxpayer-built billion dollar stadium, and required police activity at game time, worth to you?