Third NBA Together Virtual Roundtable To Discuss Anti-Asian Discrimination and Violence During Covid-19 Pandemic


The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund

Release Date

Tuesday, May 12, 2020




WHO:  Andrew Yang – Founder of Humanity Forward 

Jeremy Lin – 2019 NBA Champion and Beijing Ducks guard

Vanita Gupta – president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 

Caron Butler – NBA Champion & Vera Institute of Justice board member 

WHAT: The NBA will continue the NBA Together Virtual Roundtable Series with its third discussion on Tuesday, exploring the rise in anti-Asian discrimination and violence during the coronavirus pandemic.  Participants include Founder of Humanity Forward Andrew Yang, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Vanita Gupta and 2019 NBA Champion Jeremy Lin.  Vera Institute of Justice board member and lifelong social justice and criminal justice reform advocate Caron Butler will return as moderator.  Unpacking the rise of these incidents, the conversation will explore topics such as anti-Asian violence and hate speech, mental health and the impacts of xenophobia on Asian-American people and families, the importance of allyship and actions we all can take to confront racism, among others. 

Each participant has a unique perspective and experience with anti-Asian discrimination and its systemic effects; Yang, the son of immigrant parents from Taiwan, founded Humanity Forward to foster a human-centered America that measures each person for their intrinsic value, Gupta has devoted her career to civil rights work, most recently serving as Acting Assistant Attorney General and Head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division under the Obama Administration and Lin   recently shared his experiences with anti-Asian bias throughout his life and career.  

As part of NBA Together, the roundtable discussions examine and discuss the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on historically marginalized communities of color.  Hosted by Butler, the series features special guests, including leading voices from the NBA and WNBA family, public health experts and social justice leaders, and streams on the official NBA Twitter account at 7 p.m. ET every Tuesday. Last week’s discussion featured Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, two-time WNBA Champion DeWanna Bonner and Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce.

As previously announced, the NBA family is partnering with Magic Johnson and leading organizations like the National Urban League to raise awareness around these disparities and promote health, economic and social equity.  Using the league’s digital footprint, we will amplify the work of leading organizations supporting Black, Hispanic, and other communities impacted by coronavirus through a series of public service messages, virtual content and community programs and partnerships. 

WHERE:        Official NBA Twitter Account @NBA

                         WHEN:           Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET


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