‘I Can’t Breathe’ Movement Stirs Controversy
The “I Can’t Breathe” mantra is growing on a daily basis and ruffling feelings along the way. And that’s not a bad thing. It’s gaining momentum and keeping people aware of the issues and the fed-up tolerance level of an unjust system.
Adapted from the last words spoken by Eric Garner, who died from a police chokehold in New York, the phrase is a social movement on solidarity and compassion on behalf of the many African-American men who have lost their lives at the hands of those who are looked upon to serve and protect its citizens and communities.
These situations have an affect on people, men and women, across the world and it has gotten to a point where public figures, athletes and celebrities are using their platforms to make a statement.
So, why is this gaining so much negative commentary from the NBA commissioner, sports analysts and even news reporters?
Hmmm, maybe because it’s pushing an agenda of an experience that is incomprehensible to some White people?
A news reporter questioned the intelligence of Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose for wearing the shirt during Sunday’s game warm-up, asking “I just hope he truly understands the important position he’s taken, and what comes with it. Alas, I doubt he does.”
Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and LeBron James exercised their democracy and also wore the shirts during game-day warm-ups that led to a statement from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressing his respect for their personal beliefs but preference that the athletes follow protocol and wear the approved warm-up gear.
Furthermore, FOX Deportes reporter Erika Reidt added a comment on Instagram under an image of Kobe Bryant wearing the shirt: “I’m gonna start wearing a shirt that says, ‘I can’t breathe because I obey the law.'”
The comment appears to be deleted. But the aftermath from the comment remains.
To which this Twitter message followed:
FOX Deportes is investigating the comments made by freelancer Erika Reidt and has suspended her until further notice.
— FOX Deportes (@FOXDeportes) December 10, 2014
Reidt claims that her account was hacked and the message was sent without consent. In addition, she made sure to note: “I was raised in the hood and know the struggles our minority communities go through. I pray we become the system and abolish all racism.”
And, of course, the status and Twitter account no longer exists.
I’ll leave the comments in response to this tweet to you.
What are your thoughts on the commentary and backlash athletes are receiving in reference to the “I Can’t Breathe” movement?