By: Monte Perez
On February 22, 2011, Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks. From the time he arrived at Madison Square Garden his leadership has been questioned. The common theme amongst New York sports fans is that, “Melo would rather score points than lead his team.” All that changed on Saturday July 9th 2016 when Anthony took out a full page ad of the Daily News. (Below you can see exactly what was said.)
(Photo Credit: Daily News)
Media critics and fans have come out against Anthony saying athletes are paid to play ball, not give their opinions on social issues. Muhammad Ali died on June 3rd, for 48 hours after his death, everywhere you looked there was some tribute to Ali and people talking about the impact he had on social change. Melo is trying to do the same thing here. He wrote in the Daily News, “The time is now. I am all in. Take charge. Take action. Demand change!”
Last night on the ESPY’s on ESPN, Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James opened the show demanding all athletes and individual to make a change. Melo said, “The system is broken, the problems are not new, the violence is not new, and the racial divide is definitely not new, but the urgency for great change is at an all-time high.” The message was crystal clear, enough is enough. You see, the problem we have in this country is we automatically deflect blame; we automatically minimize someone who does something wrong by comparing them to someone else, who has done wrong. For example, I was having a conversation recently and I told this particular individual that I was appalled how Republican nominee Donald Trump brags about cheating on his ex-wife, and his infidelities over the years. Their 1st response was, “What about Bill Clinton?” Clinton had nothing to do with the conversation but this is what we do in America. We compare guilt and instead of condemning both we minimize it.
I support all cops, all priests, all teachers, all doctors and anyone who works in a profession where they can help people. What I don’t support is corrupt cops, priests, teachers and doctors. Why is it bad to call out a police officer who is bad at his job?. When a police officer commits a heinous act of violence or uses a gun on an innocent person, they should be held accountable. When other officers hide the truth, it causes a great divide, anger and it leads to more violence. Our politicians are constantly under indictment, involved in scandals or extramarital affairs. These are the people who are leading this country. It’s the old ignorant motto of, “Do as I say, not as I do.”
I have seen a ton of “hate” on social media when it comes to Black lives matter and I don’t understand why? I am all for any person, or group of people who fight injustice. I am all for Black lives matter, Irish lives matter, Puerto Rican lives matter etc. As long as they are non-violent protests, I support it. Facts are facts, we have more gun violence in American than any other industrialized country in the world and I am sick and tired of it.
We all have to understand something. We are seriously regressing to the 1950s with race issues. It’s pathetic. Every time blacks do something negative, white people go crazy. When whites do something negative, blacks go crazy. I have news for you… Italians, Germans, Irish, Hispanics, Asians and all other races…. We don’t own this country. We are all from somewhere else. So don’t claim it to be yours. Your religious beliefs are not mine. Your political beliefs are not mine. The only group that owned this country were Native American Indians. Stop the hate. We are all different. Not better, but different.
I admire what Anthony is trying to do, he is becoming a leader in life. I respect CP3, DWade and LeBron for speaking out against all injustice. The only thing I disagree with is this… The system is not broken; it has always been broken. There has always been racism in this country. We are all only part of 1 race… The Human Race. Act like it!
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