Pro athletes have gone on strike before over economic issues, but these protests are about racial justice. This time Black players, who have talked about their own experiences being racial profiled by police officers, lead the organizing.
While protesters hold up the simple message “Black Lives Matter,” organizers in the Movement for Black Lives make clear that this fight is as much about ending racial capitalism as it is anything else.
We need to move beyond rhetoric and start to evolve into a movement for racial justice in practice, but what does that mean? Be proactive in addressing racial tensions, stop tokenizing members, and build a union to address everyday issues.