Thursday, July 5, 2018

Spurs' Lonnie Walker IV Criticized for Now-Deleted 4th of July Tweet

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 12:22 PM

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The Spurs' newest member, Lonnie Walker IV, is under fire for his less-than-patriotic tweet on July 4.

Rather than the standard "Happy 4th of July!" tweet, complete with the fireworks emoji, Walker went a very different route. In a now-deleted tweet, Walker said, "Will never celebrate 4th of July. Know your history!! and stay woke."
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Naturally, social-media users and basketball experts alike had plenty of reactions, with many calling the tweet controversial.
San Antonio talk show host Joe Pagliarulo, who said he was speaking on behalf of all Spurs fans, especially had an opinion about Walker's tweet.
But not everyone was offended by Walker's views. It's worth noting what Walker likely means by "know your history." Independence was not the case for black Americans back on July 4, 1776. Some debate whether black Americans should celebrate an anniversary of freedom they were excluded from, or whether they should celebrate their actual freedom on Juneteenth.

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