Do athletes have a responsibility to be activists? | The Tylt

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After the deaths of Ahmad Aubrey, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, athletes from all sports have spoken against police brutality and advocated for the basic human right of not being harmed for the color of their skin. With their huge platforms and constant visibility, some feel that athletes have a responsibility to be agents of positive change. Others feel athletes are not obligated to be activists if they choose not to be and shouldn't be judged if they don't take a stand. What do you think? ✊🏽

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When you have the kind of following and significance that athletes have in the community, it would be irresponsible for them not to use their platform for good. Most professional athletes have resources and reach that most activists could only dream of.

Athletes have the power to change society and influence as few people can. They need to use that power for good.

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When it comes to entitlement, you can't get must worse than telling a grown person what do to. There are injustices in the world, but expecting someone to say something just because of their status is corny. These are human beings who might prefer privacy instead of telling the public about their views. That preference should be respected.

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