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WNBA champ Natasha Cloud pinpoints ‘biggest obstacle’ in discourse after calling America ‘trash’

Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud responded on Monday to the criticism she has received for her takes on the United States following two key Supreme Court rulings last week.

Cloud, who helped the Mystics to a WNBA championship in 2019, wrote the response to her opinion revealed what the “blatant” problem was.

“(For real) though if y’all just went through my timeline you’ll see what I’m saying,” she wrote. “It’s blatant what the problem is. I think our biggest obstacle in all of this is getting self centered, ignorant, misinformed, gullible, hateful people to step outside of themselves and to be able to actually shut the f— up and listen to what a non white experience is like in America. There are inherent privileges that white Americans receive by being born white in this country. That’s a fact.”

Cloud then re-introduced herself for those who do not know her. She wrote she was born near Philadelphia, received a communications degree from Saint Joseph’s University and is an eight-year veteran of the WNBA who is “in love with the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met.”

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Natasha Cloud, #9 of the Washington Mystics, handles the ball during the game on July 2, 2023 at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. (Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

The guard then wrote about her own family experience living with White parents who worked really hard to help her get where she needed to be when she was younger. She praised her father for working two jobs and her mother for working and then coming home to cook afterward.

“Back to the point. I was privileged. I believe that everyone that looks like me or doesn’t look like me deserve the same opportunities and resources I had simply because I grew up in a white family. The reality of this country is we don’t,” she added.

“I will never stop until that happens. I am a servant to my communities. That’s what I believe God called me to do with this platform and this blessing of a career. I’m thankful for my life. And I am so proud to be a gay black woman.”

Cloud’s latest thread came after she wrote on Twitter on Friday that “our country is trash in so many ways” after the Supreme Court made rulings on affirmative action and a case involving artist Lorie Smith.

ENES KANTER FREEDOM SWATS NATASHA CLOUD’S ‘TRASH’ US TAKE: ‘YOU DON’T WANNA SEE THE OTHER SIDE’

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Natasha Cloud, #9 of the Washington Mystics, and Tianna Hawkins, #21 of the Washington Mystics, react against the Atlanta Dream during the second half at Gateway Center Arena on June 30, 2023 in College Park, Georgia. (Alex Slitz/Getty Images)

Cloud spoke out again Saturday, taking aim at those critical of her for her comments. She said those critics needed to come at her with something better than “move to Russia or China.”

“I’m blessed to travel the world for my career. I’ve been in plenty of countries that I would have my human rights, healthcare, free/assisted schooling, don’t have to fear mass shootings or white supremacists, don’t have to be concerned about the highest maternal mortality rates,” she wrote.

“Less police murders, no mass incarceration based on race, adequate minimum wage, rights to my body as a woman, I MEAN I CAN KEEP GOING.

“Cause these are things that America is capable of…and when I say trash this is what I’m referring to. We choose to allow politicians to line their pockets and spit false and hateful ideologies to pit us against each other. 

“America is a business.”

The 2019 WNBA champion came up with a hypothetical about whether White people would want to be Black people.

“If I asked y’all would you wanna be black in America or apart of the LGBTQ+ community during this time in history. Y’all mf lying if you say yes. Y’all see the disparities. And if you don’t you’re uninformed, ignorant, and or just racist,” she wrote.

“It is plain and simple.

Natasha Cloud vs the Storm

Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, #9, passes the ball around Seattle Storm forward Alysha Clark, #32, during the first quarter of game one of the WNBA finals at KeyArena. (Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports)

“Y’all tired of me saying your racist. IM TIRED OF YALL BEING RACIST. 

“You don’t know me or my heart. But you still hate me immediately for the color of my skin, being gay, and being a woman. 

“This is how some of y’all were raised and trained to think. ITS WRONG.”

Cloud then had a message for “my religion weaponizers.” She added, “y’all the people that killed Jesus.”

“Religion in this country is political, it’s weaponized, it’s hypocritical, it’s disappointing. It’s not love. Because God is love. In the purest form.

“Take a good hard look at how y’all live your life in a constant state of hate and judgement. Hypocrisy at its finest.”

On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected the use of race as a factor in college admissions as a violation of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. On Friday, the high court ruled in favor of Smith, who sued the state of Colorado over its anti-discrimination law that prohibited businesses providing sales or other accommodations to the public from denying service based on a customer’s sexual orientation.

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