Consider This: Is the YMCA Basketball Court decision racist? - - Jackson, MS

Consider This: Is the YMCA Basketball Court decision racist?

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Some Downtown YMCA members are upset the organization is repurposing basketball courts for other services. They claim the Y might be making the change because of their race, but where is the proof. We know Mississippi has a terrible history of racism. And although we’ve made progress, a divisive flag, state leaders using race as a reason to defeat a ballot referendum and other racial driven issues it’s easy to blame racism as a reason for some decisions. However, that is a serious charge and there should always be facts to support such a significant claim.

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A YMCA representative says the downtown location has already lost $90,000 this year. That’s a lot of money. The Y made a similar move with underutilized racquetball courts and it’s now a popular preschool area. The YMCA feels like the same opportunity exists in the basketball area and a new use for that space will attract more members and reduce the financial losses. That makes sense. All businesses have to stay relevant and adapt to change. In fact, if more basketball courts would grow its membership I bet the Y would consider that option.

Instead of criticizing the Y, maybe the basketball group could work with the group to come up with a plan to keep basketball using a smaller half-court or an outside court that doesn’t take up as much space.

Tossing out racism claims without proof is unfair and harmful. This decision appears nothing more than a business working to stay relevant so it can grow its membership and ultimately improve its financial bottom line. 

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