As a war with North Korea continues to come closer and closer to becoming a reality thanks to our Bum in Cheif (shoutout to LeBron), we as Americans continue to battle a war that has been going on since the inception of this nation; the war on racism and injustice.
From slavery to Jim Crow and segregation, and institutionalized racism, the United States has been plagued with this cancer for centuries and we are still trying to find a cure for it. For years, Americans have tried to convince themselves that racism is pretty much dead, but the truth is that racism has never died, it only evolved and found better ways to hide.
However so far during Trump’s already tumultuous presidency, racism and bigotry have once again reared its ugly head, and this time its more bold and comfortable than it has been in recent decades. From failing to condemn the White Supremacists in Charlottesville as swiftly as he can condemn Jemele Hill for standing up against his bigotry to pardoning a sheriff with a history of racial injustice against minorities, Trump has proven over and over again that he welcomes racism and bigotry in this country. He has proven that protesting for white supremacy only gets a slap on the wrist while protesting for racial equality and justice means that you should “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now!” and fire them.
But in the midst of all the hate that Trump’s presidency has brought, it has also brought a call to action that is being answered by some of the country’s most polarizing figures. The league-wide protest of the national anthem during Sunday’s slate of NFL games and comments from athletes of different professional leagues condemning Trump’s comments from Friday evening show that athletes, celebrities, and the people will not let Trump continue to divide us.
Trump kept making a promise to make America great again, but the truth is that America was never great, to begin with. This country has the potential to be great of course, but as long as racism and inequality continue to exist, and Donald Trump continues to “lead” this country, America will never be great. But the actions and comments of NFL players, NBA players, and other athletes and celebreties alike, can at least give us hope that America might be trying to take a step in the right direction.