After the tragic death of George Floyd, the world has stood up. There have been many protests in America as well as statements from various celebrities. From actors to athletes, the word has been louder, and it seems it will stay like this for a long while until something substantial is done.
The recent personality to add his voice is N.B.A. Legend, Michael Jordan, who has released a statement that shares his sorrow and anger at George Floyd’s passing.
On Sunday, Jordan wrote a message on Floyd and the shootings of the black citizens by the Police with demonstrators taking to the streets across the U.S.A.
Floyd, a black man, died in Minneapolis last Monday, after white policeman Derek Chauvin had his knee pushed for several minutes in his stomach, crying that he wouldn’t be able to respire. Chauvin was charged on Friday with the murder of the third degree and manslaughter of the second degree.
Charlotte Hornets’ curator Jordan said he respects the nation’s anger.
In his post on social networking pages and the Team Twitter page of Jordan Brand, the six-time champion, five-time M.V.P. and 14-time All-Star said that he is profoundly sorry, hurt and furious and disappointed.
He added that he feels the suffering and anger in all and is among many who reach out to vibrant communities in the nation for entrenched bigotry and abuse.
Excerpts of the statement
“I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy, and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability.
“Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.
“My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.” He wrote.
N.B.A. Players Join Protestors
N.B.A. players have joined the fray. They have steeped themselves during the ongoing riots in the world, in keeping with the picture of Bill Russell that the N.B.A. has been making for himself in recent years: that of a politically conscious group that has been battling against inequality for decades.
It poses a danger to players: Many demonstrations have turned chaotic, and other demonstrators are not veiled or socially isolated, contrary to the pandemic safeguards of the coronavirus.
However, the resentment of citizens in and around the N.B.A., such as racial violence and the assassination of black men, have been very few problems that have impacted much of the black populations in the United States and the N.B.A. players participated for many years in an almost exclusively black league.
It took him fifteen hours from Boston to Atlanta to take part in the marches, said Jaylen Brown, a 23-year-old member of the Celtics. Brown, who was attending high school in Georgia, encouraged others to visit him over the weekend, writing a Twitter message that read, “Atlanta doesn’t meet me there beat me there come walk with me bring your signs.” He added in an instagram story “First and foremost, I’m a black man, and I’m a member of this community … We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing.”
The N.B.A. critics note that the advocacy of the League was limited. The season in October began with an international incident, following Houston Rockets’ executive’s support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, which caused a long discussion about whether leaders and players of Hong Kong leaned toward Chinese anger.
The N.B.A. now has a provision that mandates athletes to stand for the national anthem and necessarily forbid protesting, since Colin Kaepernick was the embarrassment of the N.F.L.
However, N.B.A. leaders are far more willing to step in and do more on the partnership between the African-American groups and the Police — others have a strong sense of dedication to voicing what they perceive as a significant injustice.