Athletes React to White Nationalist Violence in Charlottesville
NBA players and figures from all over the sports world took to Twitter to condemn the racism on display in Charlottesville, Va., where a white nationalist rally turned violent on Saturday.
After scores of white nationalists with torches marched, chanted racial slurs and attacked counter-protestors in Charlottesville on Friday night, the situation continued to escalate and resulted in one person’s death after a car plowed over another group of counter-protestors. The group known as the Detroit Right Wings adopted the Detroit Red Wings’ logo as their own, which the NHL franchise also went online to condemn.
Athletes voiced their distate for the violence and rhetoric behind the rally, which took place on the University of Virginia’s campus.
To all my loved ones in Charlottesville... Please be safe 🙏🏼— London Perrantes (@London_Tyus) August 12, 2017
08.12.2017 🙏🏾🙏🏿🙏🏽🙏🏼🙏🏻🙏— Earl J Watson (@Earl_Watson) August 12, 2017
Sad but not surprised by what's happening in VA. Painful reminder that we need to stay woke & continue organizing against racism & hatred✊🏾— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) August 12, 2017
My 2 years @ UVA were 2 of my best. Shocked & horrified to see what's happening. ❤️ shall overcome the hate that's trespassing on C'Ville— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) August 12, 2017
Insanely frustrating. Evolution will favor the self assured... not man babies with tiki torches or people playing "militia"— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 12, 2017