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Nets star Kyrie Irving joins Black Lives Matter protests

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Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving joined a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest on Tuesday, becoming one of the most prominent NBA stars to take part in the action.

Irving went on Instagram Live to share moments of the protest:

It’s difficult to make out just where Irving was protesting, but that’s just semantics when it comes to the sentiment of his intention.

Others like Boston Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown have taken matters into their own hands to join a protest. Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to his home state of Georgia to take part in it — a move most have seen as quite admirable.

Irving has been vocal about civil right leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, so it’s suitable that he has taken a position of leadership by joining fellow African Americans and other protesters hoping for a change in police brutality.

The Nets star also sent out a lengthy message on Tuesday calling for change:

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I am calling on all my People of Color,Leaders of Change, and all those that are aware of what is happening, what has happened, and are ready for solutions. ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏿✊🏿They Can’t stop us when we are together and truly understand our Power as a collective. Our Native Indigenous Black Spirits, Our Native Indigenous Black Minds, Our Native Indigenous Black Bodies deserve to be treated with more Respect, Understanding, and Love. Know that Our bloodlines come from Royalty! We are the True Royalty, We are the Original King and Queens of this Spiritual and Physical world! They hide all of our History for a reason. We were captured and enslaved against our will for the benefit of their Oppressive and Racist system that has been in place and still is in place presently. They took/take damn there everything we have created Culturally, call it their own, and then turn it into something it was never meant to be or Mean. I am sick of this idea of letting things balance out and talk it out bullshit, and as a Native Of the Many Indigenous Lands of our world this is part of my Purpose of being here. It is to help change this whole Global agenda that has killed my family members and plagued my community for far to fucking long. Our parents and their parents parents have fought every year of their lives to keep the TRUTH about this world alive. The agenda, FREE OUR PEOPLE, because we know all this talking and protesting will get us maybe a few law changes and conversations, but at this point it’s bigger than that. It’s time we take all our Native Indigenous Black culture, business, ideas to a new place as a collective and protect it just like other cultures have done. Build our own! It’s clear White Supremacy and Corporations use us Native Indigenous Black Folk when it is beneficial for their agenda and pockets, so be aware of the truth in plain sight Family. How are we gonna break these generational curses that have been put on us purposefully to kill us and our families off? Taking our Land and Culture Back! Our Ancestors are watching and protecting us now more than ever! This is for Our Future Kids kids. We are the generation that will change this!

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The death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American killed while in custody of police in Minneapolis, proved the last drop in the bucket of a rainstorm of deaths in the black community due to the abuse of power.

NBA players have been accompanied by the NBA Coaches Association in efforts to end racism and reform police departments.

Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs recently penned an op-ed, published by USA TODAY, hoping change will come soon.