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Will Athletes Listen To Carmelo Anthony & Start Speaking Up More About Social Issues?

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After the two police shootings involving Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week as well as the sniper attack that left five police officers dead in Dallas, Carmelo Anthony decided that he had had enough. So the New York Knicks superstar, who has never really been known for social activism, took to his website and penned a long letter urging professional athletes to “step up” and start conversations about social issues. It’s not the first time a pro athlete has done what Carmelo did, but Carmelo’s plea was powerful because, as we mentioned, he was one of the athletes who would typically shy away from speaking his mind in the past. So his message came across loud and clear.

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

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On Wednesday morning, Carmelo continued to encourage athletes to speak up by penning another piece for The Guardian. This one featured Carmelo talking about how athletes should “be a human being” and react to tragedies just like everyone else does—by talking about them and showing some emotion when doing it. It also featured a passage about how he plans on making a statement at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He didn’t say what he plans to do, because it doesn’t sound like he knows what he wants to do yet. But he let it be known that he is going to take his “platform” and “use it for something” that will “show the world that we’re united.”

“Whatever way we want to do it,” he wrote, “this is a chance to do something meaningful before an audience of billions.”

Regardless of whether or not Carmelo makes a big splash in front of the entire world, he has already set the stage for other athletes to follow his lead and do more. Truthfully, athletes don’t even need to do much to help. They don’t have to lead peaceful protests or refuse to participate in athletic competitions to be heard. All they really need to do is speak up when they can and share their thoughts and feelings on certain social issues. It will let everyone know where they stand on the issues and push others to share their thoughts and feelings, too.

It seems so simple. But will athletes listen to Carmelo? Now is the time for them to do it, so we won’t have to wait very long to get an answer.

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