Don't talk about it, be about it!
This week, a string of riots erupted in Baltimore after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a Black man who suffered fatal spinal damage while in the custody of Baltimore police after being arrested for what police are now claiming was possession of a switch blade. Celebrities like Ray Lewis and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson quickly took to Twitter to voice their opinions about how the protesters should express their anger. As a Baltimore native, New York Knicks baller Carmelo Anthony was not only concerned about justice, but he also wanted to see change in the city as a whole. He posted his thoughts along with a heartfelt caption:
We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for. My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let's build our city up not tear it down. Although, we want justice, let's look at the real issues at hand. For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That's just one example. I know my community is fed up. I'm all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up. Peace7. #Thisonehitshome #BeMore #LetsNotFallForTheTrap "Please Understand What State Of Emergency Mean"(Destroy and Conquer) #StayMe7o
On Thursday, he decided to let his actions speak louder than words and took to the streets of Baltimore to support his hometown. Melo left his entourage behind and quietly marched along with other protesters wearing a Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali, who was also an athlete and activist) shirt. He tried to blend in to the crowd, but he was eventually spotted by CNN and he gave them a message for the city's residents:
We shouldn't tear our city down. We've got to rebuild our city. We're going to get the justice that we want. It's going to take some time. It's going to take some time...I understand where everybody is coming from. Our community is fed up. They fed up right now...But there's different ways that you can go about it. I'm here to kind of, you know, lead that to the right path. This is a peaceful march, man. This is my community. This is people that I grew up with. So for me to come back right here and just show that type of leadership...like, we're together.
Respect to Carmelo for showing up for his city!