Athletes stepping up to the plate.
The month of July has been a turbulent one. With racial tensions reaching its apex, we’ve witnessed a slew of murders at the hands of both cops and civilians. As unrest continues to disrupt whatever harmony is left in the proverbial land of freedom, several notable names in the sports world tried to provide a glimmer of hope through their words. Hopefully, their message resonated with people this past Wednesday night (July 13) at the 2016 ESPYs.
They touched on the importance of Black Lives Matter
Carmelo Anthony — who was vocal earlier this month about the importance of athletes speaking up on controversial issues — led the conversation with his following thoughts:
“We asked to start the show tonight this way, the four of us talking to our fellow athletes with the country watching because we cannot ignore the current state of America. The events of the past week have put a spotlight on the injustice, distrust and anger that plagued so many of us. The system is broken.”
Chris Paul believes that the “system is broken”
After Melo’s chilling statement, Chris Paul — the nephew of a police officer — kept the momentum going with a statement of his own. “We stand here accepting our role in uniting communities to be the change we need to see,” he said. He unabashedly named the victims who were killed by the hands of police, most notably Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
“The system is broken,” Paul added. “And the racial divide is definitely not new. But the urgency to create change is at an all-time high.”
Dwyane Wade “wants racial profiling to stop”
After Paul’s statement, Bulls guard Dwyane Wade offered some words, as well. “The racial profiling has to stop. The shoot-to-kill mentality has to stop.…Enough is enough. Now, as athletes, it’s on us to challenge each other to do even more than what we already do in our own communities.”