This is a tragedy that has become all-too-familiar in our society – CJ McCollum, a professional basketball player, has shared his sadness in the heartbreaking story of a young African-American boy who was shot and killed by police. This tragic incident is yet another reminder of the systemic racism that plagues the country, and of the urgent need to address it.
Before their matchup with the Washington Wizards on Saturday, the New Orleans Pelicans observed a moment of silence to remember Tyre Nichols. Authorities in Memphis, Tennessee, published a video on January 27 showing cops hitting an African American driver severely with batons, kicks, and punches while he begged for his mother. The National Basketball Players Association also released a statement on the “terrible incident” on Friday, expressing their sorrow over Nichols’ passing. CJ McCollum was more emotionally involved and shaken.
CJ McCollum Raises Voice About Social Injustice
CJ McCollum, who is an advocate for social justice and equality, took to social media to express his sorrow, writing: “This is happening far too often in our society… Without a doubt, this young man and his family have been through a lot.” He went on to ask that “we all use our voices to continue to fight for justice and accountability” and “demand a better future for all.”
The tragic story of this young man’s death has sparked outrage and sparked conversations about the need for police reform, as well as the need to end systemic racism and injustice. The death of this young man is especially upsetting as it is yet another example of how racism and violence continue to disproportionately impact African-Americans.
Our society must work together to end the systemic racism that has caused far too much pain and suffering for far too long. We must do all that we can to ensure that all members of our society have the same rights and opportunities, and that no one is subjected to discrimination or injustice. CJ McCollum’s plea is one we must all heed – that we all use our voices to continue to fight for justice and accountability and strive to create a better world for all.