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John Wall Leads ‘Together We Stand’ March in Washington DC

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To celebrate Juneteenth, the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics took to the streets in our Nation’s Capitol to peacefully protest the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Louisville’s own Breonna Taylor, among other racial injustices.

John Wall, along with fellow Washington basketball stars Bradley Beal and Natasha Cloud led the charge on Saturday.

In a live discussion with Caron Butler confronting systemic racism and police brutality on the NBA’s Twitter page Friday, Wall explained the importance of this peaceful protest.

“I’m doing the best I can. As a father with two boys, these killings hit a little different because sometimes I wonder if I can make it back home to be around my kids if something ever happened, or if they’re growing up, what type of environment or troubles they might have to deal with, so that’s the most important thing for me,” Wall said. “It’s just not something that I want right now. You get more angry and it hurts a lot more right now because you see what these other families are going through.”

Most notably, Wall, a former number one pick and five-time NBA All-Star, gave an eye-opening recount of bad police encounters since he’s been in the league.

“I’m scared to get pulled over,” Wall told Butler. “I’ve seen some people on Twitter when I said that say, ‘Well, what are you scared to get pulled over for, they might want an autograph?’ I said, ‘No, it don’t work like that. I’m still a black athlete in America in this world and I know how it’s going.”

Wall went onto explain, even as an NBA superstar, getting pulled over as a Black man in America is not easy.

Wall recalled a moment when Washington, D.C. police pulled him over following a Wizards practice. The officer saw an issue with his turn signal and asked him to remove his window tint right on the spot. He was blocks from his home, but officers removed him from his vehicle. The situation was resolved without violence once bystanders began to notice who he was.

“If I have to get pulled over, I’m going to a gas station or I’m going somewhere where there’s a lot of people and a lot of lights are at,” he said. “And I’m scared to get pulled over on the highway. You don’t want it to get dark at night and pulled over on the highway because you never know what can happen.”

Along with the march, the Washington Wizards made some temporary changes to their logo to celebrate Juneteenth.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

29 Comments for John Wall Leads ‘Together We Stand’ March in Washington DC



  1. Mc12
    4:20 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Stats don’t lie



  2. Jambluehue99
    4:47 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    These guys are spouting irrational nonsense. There is no systemic racism. That’s a lie. I challenge anyone to define what systemic racism exists in American society today. There is nowhere that you will find a coordinated effort to discriminate against black people in this country. It’s actually quite the opposite. The truth is if you aren’t engaged in criminal activity or aren’t resisting arrest your chances of being shot by the police drop to practically zero. If you are worried about your child’s safety then you probably shouldn’t be supporting organizations that openly call for the police to be defunded. We see what happens when the police stand down and it does not provide a safer environment for anyone. It just enables the criminal element. Nothing more than a bunch of self-righteous lemmings going with the flow. Their ignorance is doing more harm than good.



    • rlee7932
      5:41 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Only neo confederates and racists don’t think there is a pattern of systemic racism and violence towards black people going on for over 400 years in this country.
      I’m always amazing that there are still people albeit a small minority believe such drivel. Perhaps you would feel more comfortable in the 50;s as in the 1850s, or maybe you are just a product of states education that consistently ranks in the bottom 10%



    • PensacolaCat
      5:48 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not a NEO confederate or racist and agree with the first two comments. I guess your wrong…shocking.



    • PensacolaCat
      5:50 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      “you’re”



  3. UK_fac_boi
    4:54 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXdXw-7Q82o

    Here, this should help, Jambluehue99.



    • Jambluehue99
      5:23 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Not really. The video lists 4 examples of racism. Slavery, which was outlawed over 150 years ago, Jim Crow, which has been out of existence for well over a half century, the inner city ghettos, which isn’t systemic racism, but the result of failed liberal policies that have also condemned many rural areas of Appalachia which are predominately white, and prisons, which are not a result of racism, but that of criminal behavior, which has many factors including the aforementioned liberal policies. The fact is this country now gives special consideration to minorities not available to white people such as academic scholarships, lower standards for college admissions, racial quotas and many more. Anytime there is a hint of racism in any institution, public or private, it is widely condemned as it should be. For for people to act like slavery from 200 years ago is a dominating force in society today, which has bent over backward to correct a heinous wrong, is disingenuous. I wish that people who continually fan the flames of racial tension in this country were half as color blind as they proclaim to be.



  4. Bluebloodtoo
    5:28 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Jamblue, you may not have experienced it, but I’ve seen it happen many times. I’ve heard many stories of that in many places and from different minority races. Racial profiling by the cops absolutely happens across this country.



    • rlee7932
      5:42 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      He is either will fully blind to it, or more likely participates in it.



    • Jambluehue99
      5:53 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      rlee, are you profiling me because I have a different opinion than you? I thought that was forbidden. Or is it just when it is convenient for you because you have no facts, just name calling?



    • CrystalBall
      5:47 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Bluebloodtoo. Agree with you about racial profiling. Or judging all blacks by the actions of a few. But aren’t blacks profiling cops?
      Judging all by the actions of a few.



    • Jambluehue99
      5:51 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Wall is insinuating he may get killed on the way home. The chances of that happening absent some provocation on his part is zero. Blacks are not getting gunned down in the streets out of the blue for no reason. Are there bad cops, yes. Do some make bad decisions that result in the death of a black person? Yes. But to compare that statistically minuscule occurrence with “systemic racism” is factually bankrupt. Way too much time is spent on claims of “systemic racism” instead dealing with real issues that aren’t race based at all.



    • TPACAT
      9:21 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      They love to relate policing to systematic racism, but what’s their excuse when the cop’s black? Uncle Tom…



    • 4everUKBlue
      7:31 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      A black woman who was less qualified than a friend of mine got the job over my friend and she was told they had to hire more blacks. That’s ok though right?



  5. Lsdown4ever
    6:10 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    What do the BLM protest even expect to achieve by protesting. There is not a law the government can make to kill racism. Racism is not something you can just outlaw it is a persons opinion. BLM can protest till their dying breathe, tear down every statue they want but they cannot stop people from having a racist opinion. So what do they expect to achieve through these protests?



  6. chris43
    6:34 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    There are good cops and bad cops! Just the same as there is good and bad in practically everything. Drop the hammer on the bad ones but you can’t group them together. Now being scared to be pulled over? The majority of people are nervous about being pulled over. You’re being stopped mostly because you’ve broken a traffic law. But if you act like a fool or hoodlum it’s certainly going to increase the chance of something going down no matter if you’re white, black, green, or purple! The guy from Atlanta…do you honestly think that if a white guy PASSED OUT due to being intoxicated (he wasn’t ASLEEP!), resisted arrest by FIGHTING with the cops, and then took their taser/fired it….hmmm white guy wouldn’t face same outcome? Fact is if he goes peacefully that he ends up in jail not dead.



    • Jambluehue99
      7:08 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly!



  7. Jesus H. Chrysler
    7:31 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Note: Wall compiled with the officers and was sent on his way. Should he have resisted or grabbed the cops taser….this story could’ve ended differently.

    It’s actually kinda simple. Do as instructed. Calm, cool heads will prevail



  8. UK_fac_boi
    8:43 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    If the good cops aren’t doing anything to stop the bad ones are they really that good? Being complacent to bad going on around in, especially in a position of power, makes you bad. Not as bad, but still bad. Cops really just need more training, it’s silly that my barber spent more time in school training than a cop.



  9. TPACAT
    9:14 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    So Wall gets pulled over and has illegal window tint. Sounds like the cop gave him the opportunity to remove it instead of getting a ticket… Oh, and I stop listening as soon as the Black Power Fist comes out. Shut up and dribble, John…



  10. 4everUKBlue
    7:10 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    Melinda Gates Lays Out Her Biggest Concern for the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic
    https://time.com/5847483/melinda-gates-covid-19/

    “Who needs [the vaccine] after health care workers?
    In the U.S., that would be black people next, quite honestly, and many other people of color. They are having disproportionate effects from COVID-19.”

    Phase 1. Elderly
    Phase 2. Colored
    Phase 3. ?