Athletes are coming together to support the Black community in the fight against police brutality and systemic racism. In a powerful segment during the 2020 ESPY Awards, a number of sports stars and celebrities came together to address the modern civil rights movement happening across the country and in the memory of George Floyd.
"I don't know what more we as a sports community need to see than a white police officer kneeling on George Floyd's neck and ripping his life from him," Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad said. "Having to see that for eight minutes and 46 seconds was heart-wrenching."
Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, and his death sparked a wave of protests around the world.
"If you don't feel like this is your opportunity to speak up and be active and use your platforms, you are missing it. You are missing the point," NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace shared. "You are missing out on the opportunity to be on the right side of history."
New Orleans Saints star Malcolm Jenkins reflected on how the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile -- who were both killed by police on July 5 and then July 6, 2016 -- changed his life forever. He decided to dedicate himself to raising awareness and fighting for racial equality.
"History has shown us the impact that only a few voices can make," Jenkins shared. "Now it is time for all of us -- athletes, coaches, and media -- to do our part to make this country better."
Actor and activist Kendrick Sampson went on to declare, "Rubber bullets will not stop us. Batons will not silence us. Tear gas will not stop us. State violence will not send us back into our homes. We will not stop until we are free."
The emotional segment also paid tribute to the many other Black men and women who have been killed as a result of direct and systemic racism in recent years -- as well as images of violent and virulent racism that has faced Black men and women in America throughout the nation's history.