Eight days ago, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. Since then, protesters have gathered around the country to demand justice. Unfortunately, even the most peaceful protests against police violence have often been met with more violence from the police.
Please consider donating to these three funds to help support protesters and enact change.
The Philadelphia Bail Fund provides direct bail assistance to Philadelphians who cannot afford it: https://www.phillybailfund.org/donate
Progressives Everywhere has created a fund that will split your donation between bail funds in 14 different cities across the country: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bailfunds?refcode=twitter
Black Lives Matter Global Network is leading the fight against police violence and white supremacy: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019
To learn more about other ways to help: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#
The writers at Liberty Ballers believe it is crucial we fight for specific policies in order to effectively fight the racism against black Americans that is institutionalized in police departments across the country. That is why we are endorsing these eight demands from The Movement for Black Lives.
Regarding the murder of George Floyd, the Philadelphia 76ers put out the following statement:
A statement from the Philadelphia 76ers. pic.twitter.com/saDLjPDoF4— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 31, 2020
It would not be truthful to share this statement without context. Team owner Joshua Harris has donated several thousand dollars to various politicians in the past year, according to the FEC database. Notably, he made a maximum personal donation of $2,800 to Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas, who has suggested several times this week that the United States deploy its military against protesters. If Joshua Harris truly supports this community, he should put his money behind those fighting for change — not those opposing it.
Furthermore, while the Sixers organization does a great deal of positive work with charities, it is unclear what initiatives the team plans to specifically support as part of their being “committed to using our voice and taking action to support and drive change that is long overdue.” We hope the team will share specific steps they plan to take to help enact this change, as their resources and influence would be valuable to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Below are tweets from and about Sixers players, a few of which the team has chosen to amplify from its Twitter account. We are truly lucky to have leaders like these in our community.
We are ALL accountable & we shouldn’t have to revisit tragedies like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery time & time again. Enough is enough.— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) May 30, 2020
Simmons also tweeted this, in reference to statements from Donald Trump:
Let me be clear. I will ALWAYS fight for equality and unity. If you call yourself a fan of me but do not agree with EQUALITY and UNITY for everyone then I don’t want or need you in my corner.— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) June 2, 2020
Heartbroken at this, bystanders can't go tackle the officer off the man because we know how that would play out. Only one here to help is the other officer standing there letting it all happen. SHAME!!!! https://t.co/ljDSBdH1SB— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) May 26, 2020
Sixers forward Tobias Harris among those marching and protesting in Philadelphia today in honor of George Floyd— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) May 30, 2020
Harris also has Sixers teammate Mike Scott on FaceTime
via @tobias31 @6abc #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/GN8e36fZkM
Who gets to arrest the officers acting out during these protests?!?— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) May 31, 2020
Respectfully family, if you’re silent, we don’t know what side you’re on. And if we don’t know what side you’re on, it is safe to assume you’re on the other side... https://t.co/YLDFs4EdFk— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) June 1, 2020
Harris also retweeted several tweets, and anyone looking to learn more about the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement would benefit from a closer look at Harris’ Twitter feed.
Matisse Thybulle was seen protesting with Harris:
Matisse and Tobias just passed us and boy do they stick out pic.twitter.com/HyhRFdXXs3— Coderan (@StreamedHams) May 30, 2020
I’ve been sitting here trying to digest everything that’s going on, and this shit is truly making me sick to my core. Tired of reading about names that all too soon become just a distant memory or a retweet. My people are tired. Enough is enough.— SHAKE (@SniperShake) June 1, 2020
Black Lives Matter.