It’s too much. There will never be a point where you can get used to something like this. Being desensitized would just mean that you don’t have a heart. It is far past that point now. This will never be normal.
Stephon Clark was an unarmed black man and was gunned down by Sacramento Police on March 18, 2018. Protests are still scattered across the streets of Sacramento in fear of knowing that you can be gunned down by police and by the fact that race is still a growing issue in 2018-United States.
It is important that athletes and celebrities use their platforms to voice their opinions and speak for those who cannot be heard. The NBA has been a long-time front-runner in social justice issues and proudly support their players when they speak out.
Players have expressed their opinions in various ways in the past but recently players put together a short video that shows players from around the league demanding that you say the name ‘Stephon Clark.’ The video shows players getting emotional, with blank stares, seemingly in disbelief in the event that has taken place.
Former NBA player Matt Barnes has been leading protests in Sacramento and regulating them in the process, making sure things don’t get out of control.
Adversity constantly surrounds these NBA players, especially when there are reporters in the media telling you to, “shut up and dribble.” It’s good for players to respond to political views that they may or may not agree with because they are able to speak for more than just themselves. These players know that they can influence the world beyond the hardwood floor and it helps the world for them to do so. Young kids look up to athletes and celebrities more than any other profession, so for the younger generation to see players voicing their opinions helps implement civility.
There needs to be accountability and there also needs to be understanding. We must work together to know what we can do to prevent situations like this and exactly what the problem is. Racism the part of the problem but you must know that it grows deeper than that; know that there are people actively trying to spread hate and want their youth to drown in the same pool of hate with them. It’s a vicious cycle that we must discontinue, and it starts with the younger generation knowing the difference between what is right and what is wrong.
Violence is not, and will never be, the answer to these problems and we need to act fast to avoid these casualties and show that we can discuss the differences, learn about them, and figure out a way to find common ground.
The NBA players do a great job garnering the attention needed to stop this. That is the first step in a long journey that requires the help of NBA players and the youth that they reach out to. We can do this. Together.
Sam Chavarria is a CSUITEMUSIC.com Sports Blogger.
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