New York Times – Ben Osborne, April 7, 2021.
The irony has always troubled Raafi Rivero. “People love Black athletes,” he said. “But they don’t love Black people.”
In July 2013, it resonated anew for Rivero, a lifelong sports fan, when George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Black teenager Trayvon Martin, the same weekend Rivero saw the film “Fruitvale Station,” about the 2009 killing of Oscar Grant, who was also Black.