“A riot is the language of the unheard.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said those words in 1966. They were true then, and they’re true now.
Across this country, millions of people feel voiceless, and for a number of reasons. Systemic racism, police brutality, mass unemployment, wealth inequality and much more have combined over decades to bring us to this boiling point, aided cruelly by a pandemic that is showing no signs of slowing down.
Right or not, this is what happens in human societies when large numbers of people feel left behind, forgotten, unimportant and hated. This is what happens when people are so low that they feel they have nothing left to lose. This is what happens when people feel they have no voice.
This is the job of the press: to give a voice to the voiceless.
This isn’t a big platform. We have only a few thousand followers on social media channels combined, and our daily web traffic fluctuates from thousands of visitors to single digits. But it’s something.
We call ourselves Nothing But Nylon because we exclusively cover basketball. While the events across this country recently haven’t been taking place on basketball courts, the connection between the two is not lost on us.
If you’re angry, frustrated, sad, proud, confused or anywhere in between, we understand. So are we. And we want you to be heard.
We will accept submissions from anyone who would like an amplified voice. Whether you want to recount stories from attending protests, tell personal anecdotes or simply vent, we are here for you.
We see you. We hear you. We love you. And thank you for being you.