Anthony’s message: “Take Charge. Take Action.”
With many prominent civil rights leaders pictured above his message, Anthony called for other athletes to stop caring so much about their endorsement deals and instead use their platforms to address serious social and political issues. But he doesn’t mean their social media platforms ― Anthony wants his peers to use their star status as pro athletes to help influence tangible change.
“A march doesn’t work. We tried that. I’ve tried that. A couple social media post/tweet [sic] doesn’t work,” he wrote in his post, drawing on his own activist experiences over the past few years.
In April 2015, after an Instagram post on the incident, Anthony was spotted with protestors in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody from a spinal injury. In Anthony’s opinion, what he’s done is not enough, and neither is the work of other athletes who’ve spoken up against police violence.
He also condemned acts of violence against police officers as solution, writing, “Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work.”
Though Anthony admitted most people, including himself, do not have a solution, he knows it starts with us all “com[ing] together more than anything at this time.”
Hopefully this is the start of a new era for professional athletes, one where there is no longer a reluctancy to speak up on social issues out of fear of lost endorsements or, as Anthony put it, whether people will be “look[ing] at us crazy.”