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August 22, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Steve Ballmer, Lakeside basketball show still ways to go on diversity, equity

As a former varsity basketball player at Lakeside School, I know what it’s like to play on a team that doesn’t win many games [“With Ballmer’s aid, elite school pushed limits of prep-sports rules,” Local News, Aug. 16]. It’s no fun, but it’s a lot better than having Steve Ballmer use it as a playground for his ultracompetitive obsession with the sport.

There are better ways than using corrupt tactics to attract a few talented African-American kids to an elite, private high school and then using a $6 million mansion as a dorm. How about using your privilege to challenge the persistent racism in our society, or donating to groups that support racial and economic justice?

I’m also disappointed in the Lakeside brass for its complicity, and surprised that more people didn’t object.

Lakeside has made progress on “diversity, equity and inclusion,” but this episode would suggest there is still a ways to go.

Burke Stansbury, Seattle

Comments | Topics: diversity, high school sports, steve ballmer

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