Athletes in America have been singing today regarding race in this nation, especially a “double requirement” they declare of Blacks not dealt with the same as non-Blacks. Wednesday’s issues is two-thronged. First, there’s the news that the Wisconsin police who shot Jacob Blake in the back won’t be criminally charged. Then, there was the massive mob that rioted at the U.S. Capitol.
On Tuesday, district attorneys in Kenosha, Wisconsin, said they would not submit criminal charges versus Rusten Sheskey, a white officer who shot Blake, a Black male, seven times in the back throughout an Aug. 23 confrontation that was captured on video.
The Blake shooting last summer stimulated a three-day boycott by the NBA throughout its playoffs, and likewise boycotts by the WNBA and Major League Baseball. Though the Wisconsin district attorney made its statement Tuesday, all 5 NBA video games played on without any interruptions that evening.
On Wednesday, groups began releasing statements about their ongoing pursuit of social justice in America.
On Wednesday afternoon, rioters began storming the Capitol in Washington in part of their demonstrations of Congress preparing yourself to authorize the Electoral College votes, which would indicate Joe Biden would end up being the 46 th President of the United States in a couple of weeks. The rioters Wednesday were seen wearing pro-Trump gear and waving Trump flags.
Why is this relevant? Last summertime, after the Might 25 death of George Floyd, there were Black Lives Matter demonstrations– from coast to coast– against the cops cruelty of Black people. Floyd was a Black guy who passed away while in custody of Minneapolis policeman.
Floyd was last seen on a video with former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Latest things heard from Floyd were, “I can’t breathe.”
The Black Lives Matter protests over the summer took control of significant cities in the U.S.
On Wednesday afternoon, Philadelphia 76 ers coach Doc Rivers questioned if it had actually been a Black mob rather of a mostly-white group that stormed the Capitol.
” Could you picture today, if those were all Black individuals storming the Capitol, and what would have occurred?” Rivers said in this video launched by the NBA on TNT’s Twitter account.
When It Comes To the Blake decision, NBA teams organized their own demonstrations for Wednesday, they released team statements and after that played the games as set up. Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, said she has gotten messages from players all the time relating to the decision. She spoke to ESPN about it.
” Today began yesterday, when the Jacob Blake shooting was being justified, although I’m unsure there was a single human surprised at that finding,” Roberts said. “Each and every single player that contacted me– or that I got in touch with– saw the very same connection to the Blake shooting being warranted. We were seeing these individuals essentially dedicating treason at the Capitol and I have yet to hear about a single shot being fired.
” We saw a Black policeman being chased after and gamers said to me, ‘So this is what they can do?’ And people do not get this privilege things? I understand how they’re feeling. I am so upset and hurt– and declining to cry. It reminded me of something that James Baldwin stated, when asked what it was like to be a Negro in the United States of America. He said that if you’re conscious of what’s going on in the nation, and you’re a Negro, you remain in a consistent state of rage.
” On a day like this, it’s the very first thing that enters your mind. And all I can say is that I’m grateful knowing that ideally no one who appears like me is going to Capitol Hill to react to this, since if they do, you’ll see a various action by police. You know it– and I know it.”
Gamers from the Boston Celtics met before their game at the Miami Heat, which is a rematch of in 2015’s NBA Eastern Conference FInals. The Celtics left the floor after warmups, however then returned for tipoff. However not before both groups kneeled throughout the national anthem.
The groups released this statement.
The Milwaukee Bucks, who started the league’s boycott last summer, likewise provided this statement that states it continues to oppose excessive force by police.
The Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns locked arms in a circle during the playing of the American and Canadian national anthems Wednesday night.