There are so many ways, so many takes, but in the end just one purpose, I think: EQUALITY.
After 400 years a society, and almost 250 years a country, let it be so: that all people are equal and should be treated as such.
These names come to mind: Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Harry Edwards, Bill Walsh, Al Davis, Phil Woolpert, Horace Stoneham, Colin Kaepernick, Steve Kerr, Kyle Shanahan, Gabe Kapler, Evander Kane,…and…
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Philando Castille, Alton Sterling, Michelle Cusseaux, Freddie Gray, Janisha Fonville, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Gabriella Nevarez, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Tanisha Anderson, to name a few. These names? Those names of African-Americans who have been killed by police officers.
Some of these words on the backs of some NBA players’ jerseys as their teams compete in the playoffs.
“Say Their Names.”
Elevate the Voices That Need To Be Heard.
Brown Lives Matter.
“Black Lives Matter.”
“BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
Let your elected officials know what you. Let them know they are accountable for making society worse for all people.
Day-to-day doings…busy busy busy. Work to do, kids to raise, chords to tend to, dreams to chase. Busy busy sure, but what fills the gap, the spaces in between?
Sports is one of those things that distracts us, entertains us, inspires us. Or maybe it’s reading, maybe TV, maybe prayer, maybe all of the above?
Whatever it is, let it drive you and inspire you make you better than you would be otherwise.
Learn the lessons, love the dream, cross the line first, be the one who fills the gap with the good, and share it, and live it, and be it.