#Blackouttuesday: Sports stars come up to support the initiative

The mass civil unrest in the US has taken place after the death of George Floyd. A former police officer Derek Chauvin was charged in connection with the death of Geroge Floyd. Since then, mass protests have been taking place all over the US demanding an end of police brutality and acknowledging all black lives matter. West Indies cricket legend Chris Gayle, six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Paris Saint Germain striker Kylian Mbappe have all come in support of George Floyd. He was strangled by the neck between the legs of the white police officer for nine minutes.

Many people worldwide joined the #BlackoutTuesday movement by posting an empty black photo on their social media accounts. Lewis Hamilton went another step by writing a long caption standing against racism. His captions stated,”This past week has been so dark. I have failed to keep hold of my emotions. I have felt so much anger, sadness, and disbelief in what my eyes have seen. I am completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for our people’s lives.

The injustice that we are seeing our brothers and sisters face all over the world time and time again is disgusting, and MUST stop.” Also, players in the German and Hungarian football leagues celebrated their goals in signs and symbols to protest against the police brutality and stood with the protestors. The football association is taking actions against those players as they consider it an offense making a political statement on the field of play. Other football clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, and Newcastle stood on one knee in their respective stadiums showing solidarity with the cause before their practice sessions. Shocked by the death of Geroge Floyd and motivated by the actions of Colin Kaepernick, people from all walks of life have joined the initiative which is now being considered as the most politically charged event in the history of the USA.

Paul Pogba, the 2018 world cup winner, tweeted, “I can’t tolerate. I won’t tolerate it. WE WON’T TOLERATE,” showing his aggression towards racism. Things have escalated to the level that FIFA issued guidelines regarding not sanctioning players who support justice for Floyd during matches as they don’t consider it a platform to promote political agendas. Football players have taken up this issue precisely because, in Europe, there is a big problem against racism against black players. It has happened to such an extent that players had to walk off the pitch in protest. Their respective football associations fined the fans or whoever supported such an act.

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