While protests against police brutality and racial oppression took place in the United States over the holiday weekend, Calvin Throckmorton took to social media on Fourth of July to deliver a powerful message.
The former Oregon offensive tackle drew attention to Independence Day and used the holiday to remind his followers that true sovereignty has yet to be achieved for all.
This 4th of July it is important that we all recognize that not all those who call this country their home have the same freedom. Our brothers and sisters of color continue to suffer from systemic oppression that has existed since and before our country became “free.”
I stand with all those who are oppressed and will fight with them until we may all benefit from the same freedoms together. – Calvin Throckmorton
I stand with all those who are oppressed and will fight with them until— Calvin Throckmorton (@calthrock_54) July 4, 2020
we may all benefit from the same freedoms together. (2/2)#BlackLivesMatter
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The powerful statement was retweeted by many current and former Oregon student-athletes including Troy Dye and Satou Sabally.
Oregon football head coach Mario Cristobal shared the post with the comments, “purpose driven & powerful statement.”
Purpose Driven & Poweful Statement... https://t.co/Io61xJuYQT— Mario Cristobal (@coach_cristobal) July 4, 2020
Throckmorton is usually a pretty quiet guy on social media, but this was a matter the New Orleans Saints offensive tackle refused to stay quiet about.
And he’s not the only one.
Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard recently told NBCSNW that he believes it’s crucial for conversations around current social injustice movements to continue.
The All-Star point guard, who has attended a Black Lives Matter march in Portland, says the NBA has a real opportunity to use its platform to advance discussions around social and racial injustices as play resumes in Orlando this month.
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