Carmelo Anthony is the latest professional athlete to speak on police brutality and the slayings of black men. Anthony took to Instagram to express his frustrations with this week’s events, the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
He shared the above photo of Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar along with this caption:
First off let me start off by saying ” All Praise Due To The Most High.” Secondly, I’m all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I’ll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn’t change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn’t work. We tried that. I’ve tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn’t work. We’ve all tried that. That didn’t work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 4 WILL NOT work. While I don’t have a solution, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s know more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7
As the events have unfolded this week many have expressed their thoughts about athletes not speaking out due to concerns about losing endorsements , however, 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, shared the video of Alton Sterling’s murder describing it as a lynching. LA Clippers center, Glen Davis, shared that he knew Sterling and that he was “a good guy.”
It has been said that followers are more open to athletes speaking on such matters because they do not have a hidden agenda and actually have something to lose. Will more athletes begin to publicly speak out?