September 11th marked the six-month point from when quarantining became the default weapon our nation took up against COVID-19, a reality that hasn’t faded to memory and is as real as ever.
Poll dodging or punching the ticket of any candidate not named Biden come November 3rd only enhances the probability of an incumbent Donald Trump continuing to make his version of America great again.
Though more attributable to a fear of financial forfeiture than the righting of a moral compass, this decision to re-brand Washington illustrates how this current age of heightened sensitivity toward social injustice can unravel even the most stubborn threads of tradition.
In the backdrop of this socially turbulent climate exists a philosophical discussion of whether or not Black sports figures should volunteer their voices and join, full-throated, in concert with the rest of us to support the cause.
Jay-Z infamously said at the announcement of his upcoming work with the NFL that the league is past the kneeling stage, stating that it is time for action. It would be hard to imagine that the celebrated entertainer and business man picturing the actions becoming so drastic within a year’s time.
The NBA’s plans to bring the game back has a lot going for it, but the risk of perpetuating another Covid-19 breakout looms large.
Without mobilization to the polls, I fear we will squander the opportunity to exploit this remarkable momentum for change and, in the process, facilitate only a marginal decline in the loss of innocent black lives.
I bore witness to protests that continue to spread across the planet, by people from all walks of life marching peacefully while carrying signs that read “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” “I CAN’T BREATHE” and “STOP KILLING US.”
How can we learn to trust, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the very people who, on countless occasion, violated the basic human rights of the citizens they swore to protect?
Olympian and author Melinda Harrison believes that athletes today have lost control of how their lives are to operate and such lack of control exhibited itself when the virus took over and dismantled current programs.