Article below by Crusader at chicagocrusader.com. This direct action support of the athletes is important in its objective of bringing attention to the plight of Black people in America. For the minutes or even hours that flesh and blood fellow Americans are making known their grievances against local, state, and federal officials and citizens who support state sponsored terrorism of Black, awareness is raised. Now, some of us believe that white Americans are quite aware that we are mistreated and simply do not care to change it as this helps retain their position of control and dominance. Nevertheless, Black people are free to express their concerns however they see fit.
Today, over a hundred activists joined leaders representing the Movement for Black Lives; including the Black Lives Matter Network, BYP100, St. Louis Action Council and the BlackOUT Collective, to shut down several critical transit lines in Minneapolis, chanting, carrying banners, and wearing t-shirts saying “You can’t play with Black lives!”
Activists used this moment to stand in solidarity with athletes who called attention to the murder of Black people by police over the last two football seasons, and to the City of Minneapolis banning city residents from using public transit without a Super Bowl ticket primarily impacting people of color who rely on it to get to and from work. Seventeen activists were arrested on site. The public is encouraged to donate to their bail fund here and share video of the action.
Read the rest at chicagocrusader.com.