Carmelo Anthony is among the many celebrities using their platform to make a difference in light of the recent shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Dallas police officers.
On Friday, Melo challenged his fellow athletes to do whatever they can and help come up with a solution to the madness:
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
He wrote, “We can’t worry about what endorsement 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.”
We out here!!!!! NYC WHERE YOU AT??!!#philandocastile #altonsterling #blacklivesmatter #alllivesmatter
Melo’s wife La La is also using her influence to demand change. She and director Spike Lee hit up the streets of Times Square in NYC on Thursday, along with hundreds of protesters, to chant “No justice, no peace.”
Jay Z, Beyoncé, Fabolous, Chris Brown, and more have also implored their fellow celebrities to stand up and speak out against racism and police brutality.