Carmelo Anthony delivers powerful letter against racism
As part of the project, Anthony also penned an editor’s letter in which he discussed pressing matters of racial injustice and implored the general public to embrace the fight against inequality.
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Carmelo Anthony’s letter makes direct reference to victims of police brutality, particularly George Floyd who died at the hands of Minnesota Police last May (per Lindsey Wisniewski of NBC Sports Northwest):
“I CAN’T BREATHE! I STILL CAN’T BREATHE! MY ARMS ARE UP SIR! What did I do? Can you please tell me what I’ve done?” the Blazers star wrote. “Will you ever take your knee off our necks? Is it because I’m Black? Does that scare you? Am I intimidating? What is it? WHAT IS IT?
“You know what: ENOUGH is ENOUGH.”
Melo then went on to emphasize that Americans cannot lose “focus” in the fight against racism.
“I want you to know that I don’t just speak for myself. I speak for all of us. We have to keep on pushing. We will continue to make progress. We are trying so damn hard. We can’t stop now,” he added.
“Don’t lose focus. Don’t lose sight of why we are in this fight.”
The Blazers veteran has been vocal in assessing how players will uphold the wave of social activism ahead of the NBA restart in Orlando later this July.
In fact, as of early June, Anthony was still somewhat uncertain as to whether he would take part in the restart.
This moment is clearly something of vital importance to Anthony and numerous Black athletes, both past and present. Hopefully, they will be able to use the NBA restart to raise awareness and make real change in the community.