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Editorial: Staff proud of athletes’ stand

Editorial: Staff proud of athletes’ stand
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  • On September 4, 2020

From The Lookout Staff

On Aug. 23, police brutality and systemic racism continued to plague the U.S. as another black man was shot by police officers unprovoked.

Upon receiving a call about a woman’s boyfriend who was present, and not supposed to be on the premises, officers in Kenosha attempted to detain and arrest Jacob Blake.

Blake, a black man, meant to check on his three young sons in the back seat as he walked away from the officers and leaned into his SUV. As he was doing so, Officer Rusten Sheskey came up behind him and shot him in the back seven times.

The Lookout staff is tired of seeing these police-led murders unfold, with little to no justice following in their wake.

The George Floyd murder may have brought upon mass public outrage, but it still seems like our voices aren’t being heard.

Posts and links and articles for justice for Breonna Taylor are starting to feel more and more like Flint’s plea for clean water: unanswered and forgotten.

Only three days after Blake’s shooting, athletes from the NBA, WNBA, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball and even pro tennis took a stand against police brutality, systemic racism, and social injustices.

They are calling for justice and demanding that officers involved be held accountable. They postponed multiple games in the days following Blake’s shooting and the ensuing Kenosha protests and murders.

The intention was to use their platforms as athletes to support the Black Lives Matter movement and protest the injustices that continue to occur.

The Lookout is proud and supportive of the American athletes who took a stand for justice and BLM. We want to thank all of the athletes who have provided us with a louder voice to share our injustices with the rest of the world.

With it, we will bring change.

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