Apr 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; (l to r) Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams point guard Ricky Rubio and center Greg Stiemsma watch action from the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz at Target Center. The Jazz won 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Wolves Who Are Sheepish

The April NBA schedule was on full display yesterday, with 22 teams in action. The Wolves played their final home game and their penultimate of the season. It was a miserable game, even by Wolves’ standards. The Jazz successfully completed the first of their 3-step plan to qualify for the Playoffs, still needing a win in Memphis and the Lakers to lose to Houston on Wednesday.

As the Pek-less Wolves put on a listless performance, Derrick Williams managed to bring it, with 18 points, 6 rebounds and this highlight…

But Monday was an abysmal news day, in which at least 3 people were killed and 170 injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and at least 50 people were dead and over 300 injured in more than 30 bombings in 12 different areas during morning rush hour in Iraq. One of those stories was on the front page and the other was on 8A of my local, beside the obituaries and a story about a patent case making its way through the Supreme Court.

Many people like to cite Martin Luther King, Jr. after days like Monday. After seeing this was dated exactly 50 years ago, I decided I am no different.

From his Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963:

I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

Why limit those ‘outsiders’ to the borders of a country and not a state or continent — nevermind skin color? Why are the horrible sights and statistics more horrible when they come from Boston than Baghdad? What makes a marathoner’s life more valuable than an Iraqi’s in rush hour?

The obvious difference is that it could happen to you, or people you know in places you’ve been  — and I don’t know anyone in Baghdad. But if the primary human concern is for themselves and their family, the broadest is for all humanity. If the best one can do in a situation like this is be informed and forgiving, then hopefully the majority of reactions to come from Monday will better the cause.

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