11.23.2019

Attacking black athletes who dare to think and speak for themselves has become a sport of its own

Attacking black athletes who dare to think and speak for themselves has become a sport of its own Photo via Inquirer Staff Photographers

Attacking black athletes who dare to think and speak for themselves has become a sport of its own. When a player in the NFL knelt down to protest injustice, Donald Trump told the team owner to “Get that son of a bitch off the field.” When Lebron James voiced a political opinion in an interview, Laura Ingraham told him to “shut up and dribble.” This country stripped Tommie Smith and John Carlos of their medals for raising a fist at the 1968 Olympics to protest human rights violations. The list goes on and the message is clear: black athletes are to be seen, not heard; they are only here to entertain us and should say nothing about the society in which they live.

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