Damian Lillard puts justice before health
Recently, Portland Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard released a heartfelt song about racism. The title, titled “Blacklist,” was recently launched on SoundCloud. It revolves around slavery and issues of racism.
Lillard also joined a protest in Portland last week. During the protest, the 29-year-old was spotted with a huge crowd of protesters. The Portland Trail Blazers also posted their photos on their official Twitter page. They proudly captioned it, “Our leader”.
Our leader ? pic.twitter.com/6r0yxojcoc
– Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 5, 2020
– Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) June 5, 2020
Unfortunately, someone on Twitter had to tweak Lillard’s words.
In a tweet since deleted, a Twitter user tried to come to Lillard because he was hand in hand with the protesters. This seemed to bother this user, as the Blazer had previously tweeted that he would not play unless his team made the playoffs due to health concerns.
The user highlighted this and asked how the overcrowded protests posed no health problems for Lillard.
For that, Lillard respondedsaying that if the team could have made it to the playoffs they would have played. So if he can risk his health to play, he will certainly do so to demand justice from his people.
Don’t be confused. I didn’t want to play if I hadn’t had a chance to play in the playoffs. Security was always part of the risk. So if I risk my safety for a game, I’m sure I went to risk it for my people. Still confused? https://t.co/6AagbUlpol
– Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 9, 2020
Even though Lillard has been talking about police violence and online racism for a long time, Thursday was the first time he went out on the streets to protest.
The protests began over a week ago when a white Minneapolis policeman kneeled on the neck of an unarmed black man. The man, George Floyd, died because the cop did not move for more than 8 minutes. From the time this incident was first revealed to date, several celebrities, athletes and those in power who support the African American community have used social media to raise awareness and go out to protest personally.
We hope for justice and peace as soon as possible, for all.