NBA players have promised to use the restart of the NBA bubble to speak for social justice.
Donovan Mitchell showed exactly how he looks during Thursday’s bubble premiere.
Mitchell’s Utah Jazz marked a dramatic victory over the New Orleans pelicans in the first game at Disney World. He brought a bulletproof vest to his winner’s press conference platform.
Let Mitchell explain.
“Am I next?”
A statement – Donovan Mitchell has a bulletproof vest.
The shirt bears the name of several people killed due to police brutality.
Adds the quote “I am next?” pic.twitter.com/wUp1QYYNQk
– Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) July 31, 2020
“I have pretty much every name of anyone who died of brutality and police violence,” Mitchell told Turner Sports‘ Taylor Rooks as he showed off his unorthodox post-game clothing. “There was a quote that said ‘Am I next?’ on the back of someone’s shirt. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how famous you are, what an African American male is who we are. “
Mitchell’s statement came after the Jazz and Pelicans players all went to their knees during the national anthem before the game.
This is the message
Ever since Colin Kaepernick first knelt in a San Francisco uniform, the message of protest against police brutality against black people has been distorted in a false narrative about the army and patriotism.
With his bulletproof vest, Mitchell made the message crystal clear. Blacks in America are tired of being scared of their lives because of the color of their skin.
“It doesn’t matter what your job is, what your name is,” Mitchell continued. “Being able to wear a bulletproof vest just shows that we also have our hands raised, just like our hands raised, don’t shoot. We are tired of seeing it. … We are tired of being afraid “
Mitchell was one of the first voices to speak in the restart of the NBA bubble. It will not be the last.
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