The multiple tragic events that have occurred in the United States during the week it celebrates its independence, can be described in multiple ways. Words like "heartbreaking","tragic", "unjust" all come to mind. The killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castille in St.Paul Minnesota, along with 5 police officers shot dead by a sniper with 5 others critically injured. As a result of these unfortunate events many NBA superstars have felt the need (as they should) to speak out, but none stronger then New York Knick nine time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony released this statement through his website.
"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"
He is right. There is no way we will see change without a complete overhaul of our justice system. Our athletes would have to play a huge role in that. In 2012 the Miami Heat all posed for a photo with hoods on in honor of Trayvon Martin. LeBron wore a T-Shirt which stated "I can't breathe" in honor of Eric Garner. James even suggested that he would sit out NBA games had the association not removed Donald Sterling from his ownership position due to phone conversations where he made many racist remarks being leaked out. However, when a grand jury ruled NOT to bring charges to the officers involved in the unjust murder of 12 year old Tamir Rice, many activist called for LeBron to sit out NBA games, as he said he would had Donald Sterling not been removed. LeBron claimed to not know much about the situation and that something like that was much bigger then him. People of all colors and walks of life admire African American athletes the same way the African American community does. However due to the fact of most athletes not even caring, or as Carmelo put "not wanting to damage our brands" we will more then likely not see the change that we so desperately need. But hey like Michael Jordan said "Republicans buy shoes too"