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James Harden says Thin Blue Line mask wasn’t political statement: ‘I thought it looked cool’

Rockets star James Harden

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 16: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets poses for a photo during practice as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on July 16, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Rockets star James Harden wore a Thin Blue Line flag mask, which – depending your perspective – can symbolize supporting police and/or oppression through white supremacy.

What did Harden mean by it?

Ben DuBose of The Rockets Wire:

I’m glad Harden clarified.

His explanation is totally reasonable. It’s unreasonable to expect everyone to be fully versed in an ever-expanding set of political symbols. People can easily inadvertently amplify one of those symbols without understanding the context.

When that happens, there’s an easy solution: Explain what you meant. Harden did that and did it quickly. That should make it easy for everyone to move on.