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Fighting the good fight: how athletes are taking a stand against racism

A Black Lives Matter banner hangs outside of the arena after a postponed NBA basketball first round playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 26, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Ashley Landis/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

By Jamie Miller

This year just seems to get worse and worse. From coronavirus to Hurricane Laura, there has been no shortage of mayhem and madness in the first year of the decade. However what may be one of the biggest things happening at the moment is the protests against racism and the issue of police brutality. While our president may not be speaking about the most recent police shooting of an unarmed African American male, athletes sure are. From Lebron James to many others, they are using their platform to draw attention to the issue. Making the choice to use their voice.

After the Sunday shooting of Jacob Blake there is now yet another spark flicking at the powder keg that is race relations. After a Kenosha Wisconsin police officer shot Blake seven times in the back leaving him paralyzed, riots and protests are raging, politicians on both sides are discussing the issues. 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse went out with a military-style semi-automatic rifle and took aim at protesters, killing two and wounding a third. Rittenhouse is being charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

This week’s events inspired many professional athletes to speak out against the abuse and boycott games in an effort to force change.

Lebron James recently took to Twitter to voice his disdain for what he sees going on in terms of police brutality. On Twitter he said “And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This shit is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE.” A very simple yet arguably powerful statement. 

Lebron isn’t the only one speaking out. The whole Milwaukee Bucks team boycotted the playoffs causing them to be temporarily postponed with other players likely to follow the Bucks and Lebron’s example. However that might not even be necessary as the NBA is going to resume with some new changes. Such as turning their arenas into polling places.