“If You Ain’t With Us, We Ain’t With Y’all”:Los Angeles Lakers Stars Share Message in Unison Against Racism

Published 06/01/2020, 4:29 AM EDT


Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James continues his activism through his social media. Never been one to be afraid to speak out, he’s constantly been talking about the racial killing of George Floyd. In the custody of the Minneapolis police, Floyd died after an officer kneeled on his neck, which choked him to death.

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LeBron’s latest post on Instagram reads, “If you ain’t with us, we ain’t with y’all.” Following this, his teammates Anthony Davis, Danny Green, and Alex Caruso have also shared it. The four-time MVP is one of the most vocal players in the league, previously having aimed digs at Donald Trump too. He has been one of the few players who has always used his platform to spread awareness.

Los Angeles Lakers stars speak up against racial violence

Since entering the league, Alex Caruso has been hyped, mostly for jokes. But he has shown his seriousness when it comes to such vile issues. While making an appearance on “The Morning Show, he said, “It’s baffling that people can have this much hatred and this much evil inside of them. So anything I can do to just be a voice, be a pillar, be a tool for anybody, that’s kind of what I want to do.”

Forward Kyle Kuzma has also used his social media to raise awareness against racism. His latest post on Instagram is a heart-breaking long read where he says “Enough is enough. Stand for something or fall for everything.” Since joining the Lakers he has been a good scorer off the bench for them, averaging 16 points in his three seasons at Los Angeles.

 

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Even former Lakers are speaking up on this issue. Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke against the incident, condemning it through an article in the LA Times. Kareem said, “Being black means sheltering at home for the rest of their lives because the
racism virus infecting the country is more deadly than COVID-19.”

In such times, it is important that players use their popularity and platform as a means to speak against such incidents. Don’t just stick to sports!

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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