If every Black Athlete in America went on a minimum 60 day fast and boycott of all professional and collegiate sports prior to the election - demanding the passage of national racial justice legislation, we will know for a fact who is “with us” and who is “against us”.
Nobody knows me. No one knows my name. I am an average citizen only known in a small circle of friends, colleagues, and family. I will fast for racial justice and there will be a collective shoulder shrug or quizzical look. However, athletes in general and professional athletes in particular have a higher profile and more influence.
Athletes: Time To Make a Stand
Over the past week I have come to the conclusion that it is time for the Black Athletes to make a stand. The constant talk about using “my platform” or “my voice” has not been effective in moving us significantly closer to national legislation on racial justice reform, police reform, or reparations. Now is the time to press the case by taking action.
No more words – actions must be taken to match the rhetoric – time to make a significant, life altering sacrifice for all Black people in America. I challenge all Black Athletes – NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, PGA, USTA, Collegiate athletes, etc. – to stop playing sports. Further, to engage in a nationwide social media based food fast (or hunger strike) to force both political parties to pass legislation on racial justice reform. Starting September 4, 2020 - Fast For Racial Justice.
You say Black Lives Matter. Do black lives matter more than the money and the attention you get from your chosen profession? It's time to act. At the very least it will draw stark differences, in political terms, between the parties and all candidates on what racial justice reform legislation they support. If every Black Athlete in America went on a minimum 60 day fast and boycott of all professional and collegiate sports prior to the election requesting the passing of national legislation, we will know for a fact who is “with us” and who is “against us”. We must do this while the politicians have something to loose.
We must put forth straight forward legislative requests which would include three elements:
Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson and Draymond Green
Imagine what would happen if there is no football, basketball, or collegiate sports this fall. Imagine if all we have is a daily feed of high profile athletes updating their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook profiles with the progress of their Food Fast for Racial Justice. In addition, all the other citizens joining in posting YouTube videos and updating their social media accounts in support of the cause. America will never be the same. The status of the American Black Athlete will never be the same. America will be better for the effort of true non-violent protestors – professional and collegiate athletes. Consider this National Non-Violent Protests 2.0, post MLK.
The truth of the tree is its roots,
It is the ground truth.
Is the truth of the American tree one of liberty and justice for all?
Or is it as it was when America was born, one of racial divide and dual justice?
Black America has staked its life, literally, on the ideal of liberty and justice for All.
Will we be welcomed in deeds, not words, as ground truth American citizens?
My hope is that we will.
Charles Michael Able a.k.a. Einstein Pluto
Charles Michael Able 2020
The Angry Man
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