@CarmeloAnthony Makes His Stand Against #GunViolence

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One of the most powerful statements made by any athlete on the senseless killings of the past week, it was made by the Knicks front man, Carmelo Anthony.
Over the years Carmelo has often given statements on world issues as well as local ones but nothing as more on the head as this one.

Although the International athlete has taken a stand on police brutality he has often taken a stand on gun violence as a part of other things taking his stand through NBA PSA’s.  One of the strongest voices made, and supported with in the NBA has been from Melo.

Melo posted his statement with the use of a 1967 image taken by Tony Tomsic/Getty Images featuring Bill Russell, Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) and other prominent black athletes who gathered that day to support for Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam.

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In a blog post published on The Guardian, Anthony suggested, was noted to have dropped a hint, that he along with his teammates would use the platform of the U.S. Olympics basketball team to take a stand at Rio de Janeiro that will bring awareness of Gun Violence on a global base.

“For me, I do feel like this is a platform where we should — we as athletes, we as Americans — use it for something,” he continued. “Whether we make a statement out there or send a message, we can show the world that we’re united. Whatever way we want to do it, this is a chance to do something meaningful before an audience of billions. I don’t know what that something is yet, but we still have time to figure it out.”

The suggestion comes less than a week after Anthony posted an Instagram in which he said, “I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge.”

First off let me start off by saying ” All Praise Due To The Most High.” Secondly, I’m all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I’ll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn’t change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn’t work. We tried that. I’ve tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn’t work. We’ve all tried that. That didn’t work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don’t have a solution, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o

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