"The system is broken. Point blank period."
In light of the horrific murders of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as last night's tragic killings of five Dallas police offers, many public figures are using their social platform to demand justice and inspire change.
Athletes in particular have a strong influence on our communities and Carmelo Anthony has called upon his peers to step up and take charge. In a lengthy, well thought out instagram post, Melo encouraged his fellow athletes to go to their local officials, leaders, congressmen, assemblymen and demand change.
In addressing our nation's broken system, Carmelo said, "We can't worry about what endorsement 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."
While we search for a solution, it is crucial that we come together as people and create the change we wish to see. It is extremely important that the people who have the ability to influence the masses, like athletes and celebrities, use their status as a means to guide our nation down a positive path because we need it now more than ever.
It's good to see one of the NBA's biggest stars step forward to lead the charge.
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