Carmelo Anthony Prompts Fellow Athletes To “Step Up And Take Charge”
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is the latest athlete to use his voice to spark change following the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five officers in Dallas, Texas.
Anthony took to his Instagram account to call on his fellow pro athletes to not remain silent during this time, but to join the thousands of Americans across the country in the fight for equality in the eyes of the law.
“There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore,” he writes. “Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge.”
The New York native continued to state that athletes shouldn’t fear the loss of their partnerships with mega corporations. “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.”
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 5 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 NO 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 #StayMe7o
Other pros also took to their social media platforms to let their voices be heard:
Another black man killed
Another young black kid without a dad
Think about that for a second.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 8, 2016
We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 8, 2016
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 7, 2016
— Chris Paul (@CP3) July 6, 2016
This is what lynchings look like in 2016! Another murder in the streets because the color of a… https://t.co/hwdW53AeXg
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 6, 2016