A Time For Action
Acts of courage don't necessarily mean doing something dangerous, in fact, the dictionary defines it as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Courage and awareness were on displayed last night at the ESPY's Awards by some of this generation’s most elite athletes. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James did something great African-American athletes has been doing for decades – standing up for racial discrimination and injustices. Awareness and a call for action were something that was lacking the last several years in sports, although you did see it in spurts nothing was lasting. Last night’s speech felt different; it was direct and explicit. It was apparent they took the time to research and rehearse what each one was going to say. The tone and sense of the message were that “enough is enough” in all seriousness. LeBron James said:
"Let's use this moment as a call to action for all professional athletes to educate ourselves, explore these issues, speak up, use our influence and renounce all violence...." "And most importantly, go back to our communities, invest our time, our resources, help rebuild them, help strengthen them, help change them. We all have to do better."