Carmelo Anthony Urges Athletes To “Take Charge” And “Demand Change”

Published On July 9, 2016 | By john | Latest posts, News, Pro Sports, sports news, The Barbershop, Uncategorized

BY:  John “Hennry” Harris

In the wake of all of the civil unrest created from the filmed shooting of Alton Sterling, of Baton Rouge, LA, the live streamed aftermath of the shooting of Philando Castile, of Minnesota and then the shooting in Dallas, TX that left five law enforcement officers dead, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony took to his Instagram page to challenge athletes to step up, take charge and not be afraid to address political issues anymore.


One of the main ways the professional athlete has been subdued from speaking out against political issues, especially Black athletes, is a fear of financial retaliation by way of losing corporate endorsements or sponsorship.  Anthony is calling for athletes to do more to voice the concerns of the people without resorting to the violence, like what was displayed in Dallas, TX.images

“Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work,” Anthony wrote on Instagram. “… 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.”

LeBron James backed Carmelo Anthony up calling his assessment spot on.

 

 

 

What Carmelo is asking athletes to do is place conscience over capitalism.  Most athletes are encouraged to not take political stances as it may hurt the sales of their merchandise or endorsed products, ala Michael Jordan, who has been called out repeatedly for ignoring issues, even when surrounding his popular shoes, in the name of making money.

This is what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had to say about Michael Jordan:

“You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “He took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s gotta live with it.”

Below is the full text from Carmelo Anthony’s Instagram post:

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

 

 

 

 

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