It has been a sad week in America with the shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alston Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Then the police officers that were killed in Dallas, Texas. This is an important time for everyone to take action and continue conversations. Racism is a real issue in America and the shooting of black and Latino men cannot continue. Thank you to these individuals that have a platform to reach millions and have shared their thoughts.
Now let’s come together to take action. #LKB
Rest in peace to the officers whose lives were senselessly taken yesterday in Dallas. I am praying for a full recovery of the seven others injured. No violence will create peace. Every human life is valuable. We must be the solution. Every human being has the right to gather in peaceful protest without suffering more unnecessary violence. To effect change we must show love in the face of hate and peace in the face of violence.
It's been hard for me to post anything other than what's going on in within America right now. Police Officers are killing Black Men. They're being protected by the system, & a uniform with a badge on it. Their motto is "Protect & Serve" but as black Americans we've never felt protected by the Police & now we seem to be getting exterminated by them. So how fly I look, events I have, & other things I got going on all became secondary in effort to shed light on what's goin on in the country and with my people. I can't fault others for not feeling the same but this issue needs as much light shed on it as possible. And if you care, speak on it NOW!!
We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 8, 2016
Another black man killed
Another young black kid without a dad
Think about that for a second.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 8, 2016
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