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LeBron, Carmelo, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade call for end to violence, athletes to help unite communities

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade opened the ESPYs with a statement, which you can see above.

It’s a plea for the end to violence. With a push to get other athletes to step forward and help unite communities, to rebuild them were needed.

It’s a good message. How you feel about it speaks more to how you view race relations issues in this nation than it does what they actually said.

How much any athlete — any one person — can do to stem the tide of violence and bridge the growing divide in this country is up for debate, but their valid point is it can’t be just one person. It has to be a national conversation. If celebrities and athletes can help get people thinking and talking — rather than inflaming anger and fear — it’s a good thing. Change is going to have to come from the ground up, because our leaders are too divided and too concerned with gaining power/keeping their power to make real change.