On Wednesday, August 26, the Milwaukee Bucks made a bold statement by deciding against playing in Game 5 against their opponents, the Orlando Magic, as a way to protest after the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake that took place in Kenosha, WI. The Bucks weren’t alone in this decision as their opponents, all of the other NBA teams scheduled to play that day and days after, along with the WNBA, MLB, MLS, the NFL, and many other U.S. athletes all made statements for the same purpose. Whether it be missing practice or sitting out a game, many athletes made their voices be heard and stood in support of Black lives.
Despite making this huge decision to postpone the previously scheduled games, the NBA has announced that their playoff games will resume starting Saturday, August 29 according to CBS Sports. On this day, the Magic-Bucks, Thunder-Rockets, and Trail Blazers-Lakers Game 5 games that were postponed on Wednesday will take place.
Now I know you may be upset reading this considering it seems to go against everything that the boycott was for, but it isn’t entirely bad. The NBA is still making strides to better the Black community by way of “including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform,” according to CBS Sports. Along with this, the NBA has plans to use its arenas and property to create spaces for citizens to have in-person voting as well as places to go to register to vote.
Other sports leagues haven’t stopped their fight either. Complex Sports has reported on Twitter that “The Mets and Marlins took the field, had a 42-second moment of silence, and then walked off. The only thing left on the field: a Black Lives Matter shirt.”
I want these athletes to keep making the people who don’t want to pay attention to the things happening to Black people uncomfortable. Keep spotlighting the things that truly matter and shut out the things that don’t, even if that means missing a few games and losing out on a little money. Keep doing what’s right regardless of what the naysayers think.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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