From Trayvon Martin to Colin Kaepernick. What we know and don't know about the boycotts that stopped sports. The event that compelled the Bucks to act occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin -- just 31 miles from the team's home -- where, on Sunday, Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot by police.
The incident follows the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and more Black Americans by law enforcement. NBA players joined the protest movement in response. Several have spoken at rallies and made financial contributions in support of organizations advocating for social justice. RNC 2020: Melania Trump makes plea for racial harmony. Media playback is unsupported on your device US First Lady Melania Trump has made a plea for racial unity, in a live speech from the White House to the Republican party convention.
"Stop the violence and looting," she also said as protests continued over a police shooting in Wisconsin. Mrs Trump urged Americans to stop making assumptions based on race and reflected candidly on US history. President Donald Trump currently trails Democratic challenger Joe Biden in opinion polls for November's election. Mr Trump will address the convention's final night on Thursday. What did Melania Trump say? FC Dallas' Reggie Cannon condemns booing as players took a knee - BBC Sport. Bbc. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James called for players to "keep our foot on the gas" in the push for racial justice as the NBA season resumed in Orlando.
The staff of the Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans - the four teams in action on Thursday night - all knelt during the pre-match anthem. "In the past when we've seen progress, we've let our foot of the gas a little bit. We can't do that," said James. Bbc. Washington Redskins to drop controversial team name following review. Image copyright Getty Images The Washington Redskins American football team has said it will retire its name, long criticised as racist.
In a statement, the team said it would "be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of a review" demanded by its sponsors. Its major sponsors recently threatened to pull funding from the NFL team unless it considered renaming itself. The Washington DC-based team has faced years of pressure over a name seen as offensive to Native Americans. Black Lives Matter painted outside Trump Tower in New York. News BBC News Navigation Sections Previous Next Media player.
Black Lives Matter protests: Why are statues so powerful? - BBC Culture. JK Rowling joins 150 public figures decrying 'cancel culture' Image copyright Reuters Some 150 writers, academics and activists - including authors JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood - have signed an open letter denouncing so-called cancel culture.
They say they applaud a recent "needed reckoning" on racial justice, but argue it has fuelled stifling of open debate. Bbc. The Cleveland Indians are to review their team name in order to "embrace their responsibility to advance social justice and equality".
The Major League Baseball side's announcement comes in light of recent protests against racial injustice in the United States. On Friday, NFL side the Washington Redskins said they would review their name after demands from major sponsors. Mount Rushmore: Trump denounces 'cancel culture' at 4 July event. Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has railed against the "cancel culture" of those who toppled monuments during recent anti-racism protests, in a speech to mark 4 July at Mount Rushmore.
He condemned those who targeted statues as "angry mobs" trying to deface "our most sacred memorials". Mr Trump accused protesters of "a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children". "We will not be silenced," he said. The president, who has been heavily criticised for his handling of the US coronavirus pandemic, made little reference to the disease that has now claimed almost 130,000 American lives.
Washington Redskins agree review of controversial team name. Image copyright Getty Images The Washington Redskins American football team will review its name after demands from major sponsors.
Its headline sponsor, Fedex, joined a fresh wave of calls to scrap a team moniker long-criticised as racist. The Washington DC-based team has faced years of pressure over a name seen as offensive to Native Americans. #BlackLivesMatter protests amid COVID-19 crisis. People in cities across Europe have taken part in demonstrations against racism and social injustice in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States.
The May 25 killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American, by a white policemanin Minneapolis sparked the worldwide protests. Young Black Lives Matter protesters: 'Enough is enough'Nathan (16), Sammy (17), Matthew (15), Noel (18)These schoolboys are taking part in a "big movement," as Noel puts it, for the first time. Noel adds: "The last time we were just a bit too young. But now that we're old enough to understand what's happening, we're out here just doing what we can for the community. " Sammy says: "We want to make America a better place for black people. " I can't breathe. Bbc. "This is what lynchings look like in 2016. " A video accompanies Colin Kaepernick's Instagram post.
It begins as two white police officers wrestle a black man to the floor. One officer appears to cuff the man's hands behind his back. Another, positioned by the man's shoulders, tightly presses his head to the ground. The same officer moves one hand away, reaching for his gun. Alton Sterling, 37, died of gunshot wounds to the chest and back. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first protested against racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling down during the United States national anthem in the summer of 2016. BBC Sport's Richard Conway, David Lockwood and Simon Clancy travelled to the US to investigate.
The Independent daily cartoon. Black Lives Matter: Where does 'taking a knee' come from? Image copyright Getty Images Protesters around the world have been "taking a knee" at demonstrations following the death of George Floyd in police custody in the US state of Minnesota, while the UK's foreign secretary has been criticised for wrongly saying the gesture seemed to be taken from TV show Game of Thrones. Where does taking a knee as a form of protest come from? American Football quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during the US national anthem to protest against police brutality and racism in a pre-season game on 26 August 2016. Kaepernick said at the time: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour. " He discussed his motivations with Nate Boyer, a military veteran and former National Football League (NFL) player, who advised him to kneel because he thought it was more "respectful".
Kaepernick switched from sitting to kneeling on one knee on 1 September 2016, generating national media attention. Mississippi votes to strip Confederate emblem from state flag. Image copyright Getty Images.