It’s been over a year since rallies and protests began to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement. We W.I.L.L. Thru Sports has followed the impact athletes have been making in this regard.
Athletes’ Stance on Black Lives Matter
Using their athletic platforms, both male and female players have put statements on their jerseys and spoken out during press conferences. Some athletes were courageous enough to even take a hard stance by walking away from the game and dedicating more time to activism. Both the WNBA and NBA have also painted impactful words on their courts to bring awareness about the violence in our country.
Black Lives Matter – From Protests to Policies!
One year later, we begin to move from protests to policy change. As we hear about the idea of a Police Accountability Act, we ask ourselves if legislative action can be the answer to fight against police brutality. Perhaps it will be. This may support the hard work many communities are doing to keep their young colored youth safe and give them hope for a just and safe future.
Our Role In The Fight Against Injustice And Brutality!
We W.I.L.L. Thru Sports has not held back in the fight against injustice and brutality. We have taken several steps to raise awareness about the importance of the lives of our youth. We have been hosting quite a few social justice workshops. Click HERE for more information on our workshops.
Moreover, we have also promoted the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement by giving t-shirts to our participants. In addition to this, we also happen to have a police liaison at our events. Click HERE to see our posts on We W.I.L.L.’s Our Lives Matter Tournament.
We understand that bridging the gap between police officers and young people means fewer unnecessary arrests and more positive engagements. Perhaps, with the help of legislation, We W.I.L.L. Thru Sports and other organizations can see a significant change in underserved communities facing higher crime rates and lower economic status.
The New Policy – What To Expect
Here’s a small list of the few points that could be addressed in the new policy:
- Banning chokehold;
- Banning no-knock warrants;
- Only using deadly force as a last resort; and
- Enforcing the loss of federal funding for states that do refuse to comply.
In conclusion, we have come a long way, both as a nation and community. We have proved that if we stand together and raise our voices against injustice, racism, and brutality, we can bring change. We can make this world a better place to live in, not just for ourselves but for everyone else as well. Therefore, if we want a bright and safe future for our youth regardless of their race or the color of their skin, we need to work for it today and make our voices heard.