Jacob Blake’s Solidarity: NBA basketball players mobilise and boys boycott their games.
Enough is enough, the black community is fed up with living in constant fear. Since the death of George Flyod in the United States. People have been peacefully demonstrating for more justice and racial equality. But on Sunday 24 August 2020, Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black father, was shot by a white police officer in front of his children. It was a surreal scene and unbearable to watch. Blake’s viral video outraged and saddened the black community. On social networks, internet users, activists and celebrities denounced police violence.
Solidarity with Jacob Blake: the NBA is mobilising.
This violence against the black community is very serious and unjust. Everyone must feel concerned. Because this kind of tragedy can happen to anyone. We are all human beings.
This kind of surrealist scene we saw for George Flyod, Jacob Blake, in broad daylight, should not take place. Why this hatred against people of colour? Why such violence against different people? Where is justice in this world? How can someone shoot a person seven times without the slightest remorse? When will this police violence and injustice stop?
Many NBA basketball players have decided to make acts of solidarity for justice. They have decided to put aside their games, which they love, to support a much nobler cause. This is the fight for justice and equality for all.
Boycott of matches
On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their 5th playoff game against the Orlando Magic. For more justice and fairness, they protested in support of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. But also to all other victims of police violence. They noted that kneeling is no longer enough, they need concrete action.
The Milwaukee Bucks statement: pic.twitter.com/F7XOPs4NqE
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 26, 2020
Bucks players said :
“The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings. Over the last few days, in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha and the additional shooting of protesters. Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”
The NBA announced that the three games scheduled for Wednesday (Orlando-Milwaukee, Thunder-Rockets and Blazers-Lakers) were postponed.
The NBA and the NBPA today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games – MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.
— NBA (@NBA) August 26, 2020
Sterling Brown had a complicated experience with police officers. Two years ago, after getting out of a Walgreens, Milwaukee police officers stepped on his ankle and accused him of bad parking work. One of the police officers then joked about it on Facebook.
He says in the Players Tribune.
“I want more than just money,”
“I want cops to show respect and to be held accountable when they step out of line, especially in the neighborhoods they are supposed to serve and protect every day.”
No one can remain silent in the face of injustice in America. These acts of solidarity are unprecedented in the world of American sport. They have sent shockwaves through the air. Other baseball teams, football teams and the tennis tournament have decided to join the movement and stand together for more change. Because it is time for change.
Faced with this boycott, sportsmen, personalities and celebrities are reacting on social networks.
FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 26, 2020
I swear its not that hard to understand that WE as human beings just want to be treated equal … and if u don’t understand that then im sorry for your ignorance …
— Mikal Bridges (@mikal_bridges) August 26, 2020
— John Wall (@JohnWall) August 26, 2020
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 26, 2020
Proud of our players! @Nba
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 26, 2020
We Demand Change. We so sick of this!!!
— Robert Covington (@Holla_At_Rob33) August 26, 2020
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 27, 2020
I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values. pic.twitter.com/rUGETgAt7P
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 27, 2020