God also created each and every member of the Black community on purpose, for a purpose. You cannot love God and hate his creation. He is a God of peace, unity and love. I will use my voice because not only am I a student-athlete, but I’m a Christian first. There is so much division, evil and hate in this country, so I want to do what I can to make this world a better place. It’s time to join together and stand up.
I am able to confidently use my voice because of the brave people who came before me. Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Muhamad Ali are a few names of social activists who weren’t only players but active in movements in this country. They pushed the boundaries and because of them, Lebron James, Colin Kaepernick and Draymond Green have confidence in finding their voice and using their platform to be heard. Because of them, female leaders like Billie Jean King, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams are able to challenge the barriers against them in society. They didn’t shut up and play their sport. And because all of these people and many more, I am not afraid to use my voice against what I believe is wrong.
Everyday there are microaggressions that you may not even realize. Microaggressions regarding race, gender, sexuality, classism, religion, etc. This isn’t going to change unless you actively seek to see and hear it. It is time to start thinking about the lives of marginalized communities. It is time to self-educate. We need to get to a point where everyone can wake up in the morning and feel comfortable being who they are.
This is not an athlete issue. This is a human-being issue and the fight won’t stop until every child can go to school in the morning, say The Pledge of Allegiance, and feel truth behind those words.