In American sports, the former Pro Football player Colin Kaepernick triggered debate on social justice is experiencing a Renaissance. This Time white and as apolitical force players to Express themselves.
He had never seen as a political figure. The former NBA Star Michael Jordan in the Netflix documentary “The Last Dance says”. 1990 Jordan by democratic and African-American Senate candidate Harvey Gantt’s support in his home state of North Carolina was requested.
Jordan said Gantt said in the team bus of the Chicago Bulls: “Even Republicans buy Sneakers.” Jordan played on his multi-million dollar contracts with Nike advertising. He had seen in the career as a non-political players, said Jordan. For this attitude he was repeatedly criticized.
After the death of the African-American George Floyd, on 25. May by police violence in Minneapolis, the Jordan was however a rare political Statement. On the Twitter Account of the Charlotte Hornets – Jordan, the owner of the NBA team is – he wrote: “I am deeply sad, truly filled with pain, and just angry (. . .) We have enough of that.”
In American sports, the debate about racism and ethnic injustice long turned to Colin Kaepernick. The former Quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers knelt in 2016 in Protest during the national anthem. The Outcry and criticism of Kaepernick in the General Public were forcibly, the player is since then without a contract.
Support got Kaepernick in 2016, almost exclusively of black players. No one wanted to be exposed, especially not in a League like the NFL, which is fighting with a large ethnic inequality. 70 percent of the players are black, of the head coaches there are only four of the 32.
Mourners gather on Sunday, 31. May, in Minneapolis, at a memorial for George Floyd.
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A black head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins is. Flores wrote on Twitter that he had lost several friends because of his support for Kaepernick. The indignation of many people was due to the protest great. In the case of racism and police violence this outrage is lacking, however. “A lot of people who have expressed their opinion on the anthem of the protest or promotion of minorities in the NFL, seem to have no opinion on the death of George Floyd”, more wrote Flores.
In fact, a larger number of players, not only Michael Jordan talks now. The white Quarterback Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles, wrote on Twitter: “The institutional racism in this country must stop. I can’t imagine what must be able to withstand African-Americans every day.”
Tom Brady has turned in the Protest.. the Quarterback for The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and six-time winner of the Super Bowl was as a supporter and friend of U.S. President Donald Trump is known. Brady wrote below, but a demand of NFL players, to investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery was on 23. February in the state of Georgia has been shot and killed while he was Jogging.
All the black athletes in the unfamiliar support, not to be trusted, many keep them for hypocrisy. Emblematic of this are the statements of Eric Reid. Currently the club loose defender was in 2016, one of the First to the knelt together with Kaepernick down. On the announcement of Jed York, the owner of the 49ers, he’ll donate a Million dollars, has not responded Reid: “Jed, we want your money. Everything we want and always wanted to have is justice. You diluted the Problem.”