The reason this is news is because this country has never dealt with its past and figured out how events that happened over 400 years ago still affect what goes on today and who is given a leg up in society. White people in particular can only look at issues from a white perspective and can never imagine what it is to go through life as a black person. Do you know why most black people live in the inner city of most major cities. Its because when the great migration occurred in the 1910s, in which the white land owners attempted to keep the sharecroppers from leaving for a better paying job in the north, they weren't allowed to live anywhere else and were herded into one section of the city. The myths that this country has attempted to sell people in history books is sad if you as an individual start to read and do some research, you will see that we have been lied to for years and that this alone has changed the nation's perspective on how we view race and racism and all that that word defines. To hear history tell it, Columbus discovered America when in fact he sailed the opposite direction of where he went, the native americans had no right to their own land which the Europeans came and took from them and had them marching out to where the reservations are today, and now the government wants to take over the land again and that the capital, d.c., was built by the people who founded this country, when in fact it was built mostly by free slave labor. This is not something I'm making up, just facts and if you go back and read Soul on Ice (from the 60s) and Makes Me Wanna Holler (from the 90s), and Mass Incarceration, the new Jim Crow (2014) the exact same issues are at work
today in this county and the best example of this is the point the one person made about the "patriots" being armed and protecting the building, if that were black folks, odds are the police and)government would have went in there shooting in about one day, it wouldn't have taken 40 to negotiate with these clowns. So if Tyreke Smith wants to make a statement with a tshirt and it starts a discussion like this, its a good thing and the first way to a solution is to admit a problem exists and of course it does. There are folks who think white privledge and racism don't exist and until people, not the government, acknowledge this issue, it will never get solved. If you really open your eyes, you can see this stuff all over, but most people today would rather bury their head in the sand and not deal with the real issues of the world and if we do this, are we ever gonna make it better for the future generations or will they be facing the same issues that we deal with today.