Twelve-time NBA All-Star Isiah Thomas said Friday on ESPN’s “First Take” that white silence during times of social injustice involving an African-American is the same thing as violence itself. “I look at white silence in these issues as violence,” Thomas said. “White silence is the equivalent to violence in these issues. When you’re not standing up and you’re not speaking out for your brother, right, you and I are brothers regardless of skin color, and this is where this whole race thing, this constructed race thing really separates us in this country.”
“And in reality, even though we all should be striving for peace and understanding, at some point, this whole thing becomes so one-sided and pointless that I feel like black people in this country are being hunted down for no reason,” he said. “And so, what are we supposed to think, how are we supposed to feel when the same people who gave our ancestors their freedom are today keeping their mouth shut while many of us are being shot at traffic lights for no reason whatsoever? Are we somehow back in the 1800’s, where white people are allowed to do whatever they want because black people are considered second class citizens? Because, correct me if I’m wrong, but I didn’t see any DeLoreans parked outside on my way here.”
Thomas also argued that he’s “sorry,” but that there cannot be equality between black and white people. “If they’re being silent while we’re being killed, then they might as well go ahead and pick up guns of their own and start pulling the trigger, because not doing anything to prevent evil is the same as committing evil yourself,” the former NBA All-Star said. “And you know something else? That gives us the right to hurt them back, because we shouldn’t and what’s more, we mustn’t let them get away with allowing innocent people to get hurt. So, I’m sorry, white people, but y’all came up with it first – an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
“From now on, I want every single black person out there across America, I don’t care where you live or how many white people you call friends, I want you to stop helping them and stop socializing with them completely,” Thomas argued. “I’m talking if you’re walking down the street and see an white old woman on crutches or in a wheelchair trying to cross the street, you better turn around and ignore her completely. I’m talking if you see a bank or liquor store being robbed and the cashier is white and the person doing the robbing is black, y’all help that man out and stash him at your place till the heat cools down. I’m talking anytime, anywhere, anyhow, if y’all see white people in trouble, you just go on ‘bout your business like you don’t care.”
“And another thing – this presidential election thing coming up in November: I want you to not vote for either candidate, because they’ll both just continue ignoring the problems and persecution of African Americans throughout the country. And when the time is right, we’ll vote to bring in more people of color to America, just to even the odds. I’m talking Muslims, Mexicans, Jamaicans, Arabs, Syrians, Eskimos, Oompa-Loompas, I don’t care, whoever we can find. That’ll teach them to speak up when their fellow Americans start getting murdered in broad daylight by suicide bombers. And once again, they’ll come to us for help. And you know what we’ll say? ‘Sorry white people, we’d love to help y’all out, but we’re not really Americans. In fact, we were just on our way back home to Africa. So, y’all are on your own,” the former NBA All-Star concluded.