Athletes, celebrities and some in the fashion world are weighing in on a turbulent week in America and the state of policing.
After separate police shootings of black motorists in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., many are taking to social media to share feelings and thoughts about what’s next for race and police-community relations in the U.S. Notably, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (who until recently didn’t voice such views), Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry (who was raised in Charlotte) and NBA legend Michael Jordan (chairman of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets) have shared their thoughts on the protests in the city throughout the week.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has led a silent protest against racism by taking a knee during the national anthem ahead of San Francisco 49ers games, has been active on Twitter retweeting several messages. Iman Shumpert, a guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has also announced on Instagram his plans to give back to charities that “improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen.”
Designer and activist Prabal Gurung also reiterated support for Black Lives Matter on Twitter. Scroll through to see how people are responding to the week’s events.
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Take a good look at my daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. The moment she was born was the day I saw the world a lot different. All day I wonder how can I raise her the right way and teach her the right lessons. I can't explain to her what's going on these days between the badge and the people. The badge was made to protect us, not scare us. #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace For each steal I’m going to donate money and time towards a foundation(s) striding to improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen. I challenge all sponsors and athletes to match these proceeds to contribute to the cause helping families affected by all the killings leaving families and communities traumatized. As big as an awareness Kap has raised by taking a knee and the bravery it took for so many to follow I also understand those that fought for that flag have nothing to do with whats going on in our society today and I no longer believe taking a knee is the answer. This news makes me sick and I am challenging myself to make a difference! #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace