Its not the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Its not the slow resumption of sporting activities. The news that has been making the headlines, and has concerned the global citizens, is the unrest across the United States of America. The murder of George Floyd last week has started protests against racism and police brutality in the country, which has now achieved a global support. Many cricketers, athletes and clubs all over the world are taking to social media to stand up in support of the Black Lives Matter protest.
Sportspersons have always spoken against racism inequality and injustice, even now, Twitter and Instagram fills with their posts promoting equality, and in solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement that is taking place all across USA.
George Floyd was murdered on 25th May in Minneapolis by Derek Chauvin, a police officer who worked for the Minneapolis Police Department. The officer, who has now been fired and charged with third degree murder and man slaughter, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck, who was handcuffed and lying on the street. Post mortem has revealed asphyxia as the cause of death.
The video footages recorded by bystanders show Floyd’ pleading ‘I can’t breathe’ to Chauvin, the phrase which has taken the forefront on the protests against racial injustice.
The Black Lives Matter movement started back in 2013 with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter or #BLM on social media, and has been a driving force to protest against the xenophobic attacks on African-Americans, police brutality, racial profiling and inequality in the country’s justice system.
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— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 2, 2020
Issa thread https://t.co/aBASFhprMz
— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) May 31, 2020
For too long black people have suffered. I’m all the way in St Lucia and I’m frustrated If you see me as a teammate then you see #GeorgeFloyd Can you be part of the change by showing your support. #BlackLivesMatter
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 2, 2020
The activism in America against systemic racism and injustice is a powerful lesson to us all.
Whichever country we live in, be it America, Sri Lanka or another, it is not the State that should determine our sensibilities and sensitivities.
That’s your choice and mine.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) June 3, 2020
We stand for diversity,
We stand against racism. pic.twitter.com/onhWj07n2i
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 1, 2020
Black eye, black hair, black skin
Black queen stand majestic with the black king
Today I'll sing you a black song, you need to hear about beautiful black things 'cause
Most time we hear about black, we hear about… https://t.co/EgLOvCrz8T
— Jason Holder (@Jaseholder98) June 2, 2020
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During the past few days I have thought a lot about how to express my feelings about what happened in Minneapolis. I felt anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain, sadness. Sadness for George and for all black people who suffer from racism EVERY DAY! Whether in football, at work, at school, ANYWHERE! This has to stop, once and for all! Not tomorrow or the next day, it has to end TODAY! Violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated. I can’t tolerate I won’t tolerate WE WON’T TOLERATE Racism is ignorance LOVE is intelligence STOP the silence STOP racism #NoToRacismWeAllOne #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) June 1, 2020
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) June 2, 2020
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I can’t and still can’t find the words to say or express how sad I feel…. but she found them for me. She found them for so many of us. A lot of us are numb… lost for words… I know I am. This is a difficult time. A lot of us growing up were taught to pray “Let thy kingdom come,” this is what I continue to pray for in addition to so many that have been hurt/killed, or simply traumatized by how people of a different color are treated. The worst part is this is nothing new, “it’s just filmed.” I’m with a heavy heart. I’m lost for words. Video from @wealth
✊🏿 #blacklivesmatter #blackouttuesday 🖤 pic.twitter.com/7oS6l0ZBc8
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) June 2, 2020
#blackouttuesday 🖤✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/tOtLAnD0yQ
— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) June 2, 2020
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 1, 2020
Until Justice, Black Lives Matter. ✊🏽 #BlackOutTuesday ! 🖤 pic.twitter.com/b38xUM7Bs0
— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) June 2, 2020
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) June 2, 2020
🖤 Nao vamos parar! 🖤 #BLACKOUTTUESDAY 🖤 #BLACKLIVESMATTER✊🏿⚫️ pic.twitter.com/RLa7qXtcKK
— Vinicius Jr ⚡️ (@viniciusjr) June 2, 2020
Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/BLsTHfOnPT
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) June 1, 2020
We stand against racism.
We stand side by side with our black community.
We stand with our black players of the past, present and future.
We celebrate diversity.
We belong together. pic.twitter.com/udCfuZzxgU
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 2, 2020
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 2, 2020
✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏻 #BlackOutTuesday pic.twitter.com/nkC1hQezsU
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) June 2, 2020
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) June 1, 2020
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I have been collecting my thoughts for the past few days in order to eloquently describe my feelings on the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd. It would have been far too easy to write with emotion, hatred and vitriolic sentiment in the immediate aftermath. Although those feelings are still present, I will give it a try. Why is this still happening in 2020? Why do the same racists applaud any ethnic minority who plays for the team they support but abuse the same minorities on the street? Why are all the methods we are using to eradicate this from our society not working? It’s gone on for too long and we have come too far for this to be tolerated in modern society. I do not advocate violence, looting or destruction of property, as this will not solve any problems and many racially afflicted individuals are victims themselves of this behaviour. Why should the people be punished who have the same struggles, turmoil and racial abuse? The people who have worked their entire lives to feed their families and then have the fruits of the labour destroyed in protests against the issues they are suffering themselves? This is not the answer. However, we do urgently NEED change, we DEMAND change and most importantly, we DESERVE change. Make it happen, NOW. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 2, 2020
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I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand with you ✊🏻✊🏾 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been so ignorant and naive of my privilege and I’m so sorry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is time to educate ourselves surrounding white privilege and systemic racism and stand up to this.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is uncomfortable to admit that our privilege has perpetuated racism, but it is necessary to recognise this and to educate ourselves and play our part in dismantling our systems that are built on racism.
Enough is enough. We are all HUMANS. Together we are stronger. #BlackLivesMatter ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/RBLVFlyMRG
— Tammy Abraham (@tammyabraham) June 2, 2020
Black. Lives. Matter. #BlackOutTuesday ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/3nksUlTD9a
— Leroy Sané (@LeroySane19) June 2, 2020
Enough is enough. We are all HUMANS. Together we are stronger. #BlackLivesMatter ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/6vPYaOXFiT
— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) June 2, 2020
Enough is enough. We are all HUMANS. Together we are stronger. #BlackLivesMatter ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/UK0HYVwRqd
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) June 2, 2020
Enough is enough. We are all HUMANS. Together we are stronger. #BlackLivesMatter ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/wzHW9OM5dN
— Fikayo Tomori (@fikayotomori_) June 2, 2020
Before training at Cobham this morning, the Chelsea players and coaching staff formed the letter H, for humans, and knelt in a show of support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. pic.twitter.com/yI6kAywa93
— Chelsea FC (at 🏡) (@ChelseaFC) June 2, 2020
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 1, 2020
Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/jZjQUzapEN
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) June 1, 2020
Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/dIXis0VQ2D
— Dejan lovren (@Dejan06Lovren) June 1, 2020
Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/JKi4tyjueN
— Trent Alexander-Arnold (@trentaa98) June 1, 2020
Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/kbqmVvppEq
— Neco Williams (@necowilliams01) June 1, 2020
Unity is strength. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/sSu2sarAXa
— Liverpool FC (at 🏠) (@LFC) June 1, 2020
— FC Barcelona (from 🏠) (@FCBarcelona) May 31, 2020
We stand together.
We stand strong.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) June 2, 2020
Whatever our nationality. Whatever our race. We’re all on the same team. pic.twitter.com/RbkcJKDDP9
— England (@England) June 2, 2020
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There is no place for injustice, racism and intolerance in this world! We must really listen and learn from those in pain. Be the example of the change you want to see!! Praying, hoping, and believing everyday that this is all a part of the lords plan to lead us to a better and brighter future ahead. God speed everyone 💔
Why use military force when you can just serve justice? People are pleading justice for George Floyd by charging the other police officers and all to the fullest degree. Continuing to ignore these pleas shows why the system is so broken. #BlackLiveMattters #NoJusticeNoPeace
— Cristian Roldan⚽ (@CristianRoldan) June 2, 2020
They fool our SOCIETY and drive us to hate each other to create division.
It shouldn’t have to get to this for HUMANS to be treated equally and gain respect. #STAYWOKEMYPEOPLE ONELOVE❤️
— OnielFisherjr199❌🇯🇲 (@FisherOniel) May 30, 2020
— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) May 29, 2020
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) May 30, 2020
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) May 29, 2020
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 2, 2020
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
We have the right to fight back!
Rest in Power George Floyd
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020
It was not an accident. It’s appalling to see another black person murdered. His life, along with countless others – Not valued. It is NOT enough to sit back and say, “I’m Not Racist”. We all have to be actively AGAINST racism in our society. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/pUg0XMj8Cr
— Sarah Nurse (@nursey16) May 29, 2020
#BlackLivesMatter #FightForChange pic.twitter.com/8irD337wEy
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) June 2, 2020
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) May 29, 2020
Simply put , America needs the majority to not just support the movement to improve race relations and how Black people are treated in this country but to speak up about it and implement measures to change itl
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 30, 2020
Seems some in my timeline are confused or curious. So let me be clear.
Black Lives Matter. They are hurting and upset and it’s time for me to listen.
Riots, violence, and looting is bad and needs to stop.
We all better get this shit figured out and fix it.
Love and Respect.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) June 2, 2020
If anybody that follows me is not outraged about these senseless attacks on BLACK MEN, please stop following me! If your spirit is not disturbed, please stop following me! This inflicted Pain but it will never inflict FEAR… sorry, were not made like that! #BlackMenMatter pic.twitter.com/A9tSSzOSh6
— Lisa Leslie (@LisaLeslie) May 27, 2020
Dear white brothers and sisters, we desperately need y’all’s help. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/sMNuB6kHVc
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) May 27, 2020
JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SERVED UNTIL THOSE UNAFFECTED ARE AS OUTRAGED AS THOSE WHO ARE‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) May 27, 2020
Say it louder.
Black. Lives. Matter.
— USL Championship (@USLChampionship) June 1, 2020
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