Four years ago, Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, and said at the time:
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
Four years later, and nothing has changed — except the name. This week it’s Jacob Blake, shot seven times in the back, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. So this afternoon, the Milwaukee Bucks did more than take a knee. They didn’t play.
Tipoff for Game 5 of the playoffs never happened, with the Bucks boycotting the game. They knew they’d be forced to take a loss, but instead the other players joined them. Then it spread. To other teams, the entire NBA, then the MLB, the WNBA, the MLS, even tennis play was postponed. There were no sports.
The statement from the team said, in part:
When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard, and in this moment, we are demanding the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement.
The NBA, owners, coaches, and players all voiced their support for the Bucks.
And total silence from the government. Where is our leadership?