New York — New York Knicks forward and NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony called on fellow athletes to step up and demand change Friday in the wake of recent shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana involving police officers and the subsequent targeting of law enforcement in Dallas.
Melo posted on his website, under the historical picture of a group of prominent black athletes (Bill Russell, Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Standing behind them are: Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis mcClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten) who publicly stood in Ali’s corner during the fight of the champ’s life for refusing induction into the Army, Melo posted his support for the rallying and protesting, but said anger must be steered in the right direction.
Recently I wrote about how Ali was The Greatest because he fought for what he believed and asked the question where are are superstar athletes when we need them most? What superstar athlete today would speak on the recent killing of black men at the hands of law enforcement and other issues that are affected the black community? A move that might quite possibly be risking their careers, new contracts,their million dollar endorsements and sneaker deals.
While there is a way to get the change that this nation seeks so badly, to put an end to death after death at the hands of law enforcement. The assault on the police on Thursday night in Dallas was not the way. Years of marching, protesting, hashtags and Internet philosophizing alone, haven’t been the way, either. So Melo decided to try something a little different. Using his celebrity and super-stardom, the player who has been instrumental in recruiting for the New York Knicks for years, decided to try recruiting for something more important. He delivered a call to action to athletes on his Instagram page for exactly what we need in 2016: An organized, focused movement to adjust the laws that are suffocating the systemically oppressed.
Read his entire post below and feel free to share your feedback in the comment section.
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