by Chris Camello (@Chris_Camello)
LOS ANGELES – Since the senseless murder of George Floyd, American cities have come together to protest social injustices, police brutality, and systematic racism. The “Black Lives Matter” movement has grown significantly with people of all different races coming together to make their voices heard.
Professional athletes have tried to utilize their platform in recent years to create awareness about many social issues. This includes demanding justice for brutal acts and excessive force against African Americans and bringing an end to social inequalities.
However, their platform doesn’t mean to just make a statement on TV or posting on social media.
We have seen many NBA players coming together with other protestors voicing their anger, frustration, and calling for change in our society.
Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to lead a peaceful march in his hometown of Marietta, Georgia holding an “I Can’t Breath” sign and addressing the crowd with a megaphone. He was joined by Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon and rapper Lil Yachty.
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who currently co-hosts the “All The Smoke” Podcast with Matt Barnes, and was a close friend of Floyd, held a press conference inside the Minneapolis City Hall building demanding justice for his Floyd’s death. He was joined by several others including Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and guard Josh Okogie.
In the several protests that have occurred throughout L.A. Lakers guard Danny Green and ex-Laker Jordan Clarkson were seen marching peacefully throughout the Southland. Golden State Warriors All-Stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were protesting in Oakland, Rockets’ Russell Westbrook, Compton natives DeMar DeRozan and Grammy award winning artist Kendrick Lamar joined protest in Compton.
For these players to actively march with the people is an iconic sight. This goes beyond demanding justice for the tragic murder of Floyd; it’s about creating awareness for all injustices and racism in the African-American community. These NBA players understand tweeting about it won’t cut it anymore; they are taking action.