This past Tuesday the Milwaukee did not take the floor against Orlando in wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI. Following them the NBA playoff games were stopped for the next 2 days to bring awareness to social injustice against black people and people of color. It didn’t stop there though, teams in the WNBA, MLB, MLS, NFL, and tennis stars across the world also took part in protesting by acknowledging that there are changes that need to be made to end racism in America. My only gripe is that even though they were making statements the protest in the NBA only lasted for 2 days. I feel that the only way change will be brought about is if there is consistency within our community. I get it, professional athletes can use their platform when they are playing but I don’t think that ‘s the only way they can protest. There are plenty of statements that can be made by athletes but they don’t have to give in to the demands of the owners of those professional teams. The owners of the Milwaukee Bucks never saw the protest coming from their team and they were scrambling to try and find a solution because if the team isn’t playing then the game isn’t showed on tv and if it isn’t shown on tv then there is no money being made and once the pockets are being hurt that’s when people decide to make all the necessary changes. If you’re going to make a statement then stick with the statement, don’t succumb to the pressures of “doing your job”
I feel that there shouldn’t be any games played right now as a protest to racism in this country and since they did decide to resume playing in the NBA so quickly it makes the original protest of the Milwaukee Bucks look weak.
How do you feel about the protests of the professional athletes?