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Clippers appear in new national museum

The Clippers were in the middle of the public eye when then owner-Donald Sterling’s private comments were brought to light. The players’ response followed a long history of athlete activism.

Los Angeles Clippers Media Day Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

I recently, as a student living in Washington, D.C., had the opportunity to visit the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is home to information and artifacts from the entirety of African American history, leaving out no era or significant movement.

Among these movements includes the history of African American athlete activism. There are, of course, pictures of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, of the 1968 Olympic Games, as well as of other famous actions done by those like Muhammad Ali.

But, surprisingly, there were also the Clippers, among the chronicle of the powerful social movements that have moved through sports.

Check out a video I took with my phone (I apologize for the picture quality):

It should certainly bring Clips Nation great pride to have supported a team that was able to find a balance between “moving on” and standing up for something they believe in. These situations are complex but are often generalized by popular discourse in an unproductive way. Nonetheless, as I and the museum recall, the actions of Clippers players and fans allowed this unfortunate situation to spark a meaningful conversation without letting passions get the worst of them.