Black People in Sports – Humans First, Athletes Second

Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by a Milwaukee police officer Sunday. In the days following, a seventeen-year-old rogue shooter killed two protesters. Players in the NBA decided not to play for a day during the playoffs. Now the question remaining is how many other sports with African-American players will follow suit? 

 It is difficult to blame the players of the NBA and NCAA as they protest for racial equality. Fans can’t cheer for black athletes on game day and then get scared when they see them as ordinary people after the game is over. Black athletes are human too and African-Americans in general just want to be treated as such. With dignity and respect. Not to be hated just because they’re darker than most people. That’s not too much to ask for right?

No, racism is not a new trend in America, but understand that Black, Asian, Latino, and any other people of color are tired of being silent. Players have shown that they will no longer “shut up and dribble” or just run with a football.

What the silent white community doesn’t understand is that while they may play on Sundays, Saturdays, and every day through the week, after those games are over they as black people are not protected after they leave the locker room. Black people are people first, athletes second, and that goes for the professionals as well.

What’s more infuriating is that Black people are being attacked, shot and killed by racists groups, vigilantes, and cops and all of the evidence is right there every day. Take a moment to wonder if white people would stay quiet if they were being attacked, shot and killed as much as blacks were. Far too often have black people been pulled over for being black in a white neighborhood not knowing if they actually live in the same area or not. Cops have pulled their guns on kids and threatened to shoot them if they moved the wrong way. Luckily, there are some that were fortunate enough to live through these events.

It’s time to have the conversation before it’s too late. Sports being boycotted is only the beginning. Because it’s not right to cheer for Black people on and ask for autographs on Sunday and be afraid of them after the games are over. And to those that may read this please understand something. Black people are human as well! The idea isn’t to say that black lives matter the most. The idea is that black people’s lives should matter as much as everyone else’s.

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