The British basketball community has been showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the sickening death of George Floyd in the USA.
Players, coaches, fans and others are making their voices heard as the conversation evolves into how to bring change closer to home and addressing issues within our game.
Basketball England CEO Stewart Kellett outlined the organisation's position on being fighting racism..
And BE is reaching out to figures in the game to open up discussion about what basketball needs to do to improve.
More to come on that, but below are just some posts from the many on the subject in recent days.
'We're not trying to make anybody else uncared for. We're just trying to make sure that the care is equally distributed.'— This Morning (@thismorning) June 8, 2020
NBA star turned psychologist @JohnAmaechi says now is the time to take a stand against racism.
Watch more from John 👉 https://t.co/amfczQvk0H pic.twitter.com/UWp4eeR3xg
I am making a plea, for all those using social media to voice an opinion on any matter at this time. Please, READ(the whole story), LISTEN(carefully), and RESEARCH(credible sources) before they post anything.— Myles Hesson (@myleshesson) June 9, 2020
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“Don’t just talk about the change, BE ABOUT IT.” 🖤✊🏿 Thanks to BBC News UK for allowing me to speak on the struggles of racism that’s not only happening in the United States but the United Kingdom as well. I used my voice to express the hardships of being a black person in this world, and what the Black Lives Matter Movement means to MY people. •I’m not asking you to be anti-white or hate anyone that’s not black. I’m not asking you to sacrifice your life. I’m simply asking you to SPEAK UP. I’m asking you NOT TO STAY SILENT. Speak up when you see acts of racism around you. Educate one another about the topic of racism. Be ACTIVELY ANTI-RACIST in your thoughts and actions. Spread love! I’m asking you, if you’re not black, to use your privilege for change. Change can’t be made when you’re quiet, only when you’re active. Below I’ve listed a few ways you can start to make a change today! Ways to help ♥️🖤 • SIGN PETITIONS ETC. Justice for George Floyd, Colors of Change, Justice for Breonna Taylor, Justice for Ahmaud Arbery @ CHANGE.ORG •DONATE TO ORGANIZATIONS ETC. Campaign Zero, George Floyd Memorial Fund, Black Visions Collective •VOTE..VOTE..VOTE!!!!! •Use Social Media to Educate those around you by sharing Resources. •Identify Privilege and Condemn it. •Stop supporting organizations that promote HATE. •Lastly, Support Black Businesses, Black People, Black Lives Because Black Lives Matter ✊🏽 ✊🏾✊🏿 Also Thanks to @siobhanprior_4 for making this interview possible 💚💛 #NWFam
As we see yet more acts of violence and aggression against black people, we cannot sit back and be silent any longer. We stand with our players and clubs to speak out and we will use our platform to elevate their voices. [1/2]#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/mOIjOU8Rr3— British Basketball League (@BBLofficial) June 1, 2020
Every hair on my skin was stood up watching this ♥️— Jamell Anderson (@Jamell_A) May 31, 2020
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We are Black Men! ... We build .... We don't tear down other Black Men! We have felt the pain of being torn down and we have decided we will be deliberate about building others! If I didn't tag you please don't be offended. I tried to pick people who I thought would do this challenge !! All too often we men find it easier to criticize each other, instead of building each other up. With all this negativity going around let's do something positive !! * Upload 1 picture of yourself ... Only you. Then tag as many brothers to do the same. Let's build ourselves up, instead of tearing ourselves down. COPY&PASTE, If I tagged you, don't DISAPPOINT me !!
This is one of the things we mean when we say ‘through it all’.— Harriet Welham (@harrietwelham) June 7, 2020
Family always ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/XaPL0NIB0a
Anyone that feels worn out or jaded from trying to educate the ignorant, or battle the racists, I got you. Tag me in. I will fight for you day and night. Everyday. Just say the word.— Mbongeni Greg Mpofu (@coachMGM) June 8, 2020
As hosts of the podcast, 21, we share the grief felt by so many.— Drew Lasker (@drew21pink) June 8, 2020
In thIs episode, we talk with Coach Matt Logie and Michael Ojo to discuss the impact of George Floyd’s death and what coaches and players can do in order to pave a positive path forward. https://t.co/R5eHsLyhbn pic.twitter.com/yl99oEeNuq
Change is coming.⠀⠀— Danny Evans (@danny4evans) June 9, 2020
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass⠀⠀ pic.twitter.com/bHBW4d78v3
Thanks to the coaches who have nominated me to make a stand against racism, hate and ignorance.— Billy Beddow (@CoachBeddow) June 9, 2020
Please, let’s continue to research, plan & carry out what this looks like past just a tweet.
Anyone who wants to discuss this please message me.