As protests continue to rage on across the country, the movement is affecting all walks of life. Everyone from your every day citizen, to politicians, and even sport stars are getting involved.

However one basketball player is making headlines across the globe for his opposite take.

Instead of taking the knee during the national anthem, Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac has stood throughout it, and he's explained why.

Keep scrolling to learn more.

The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining traction like never before.

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Since the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.

This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...

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But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...

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And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.

Many protests turned violent and have now resorted to vandalism...

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But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.

Remarkably, however, they seem to be working.

Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.

It has also taken over our streets...

For instance, a group of people painted large yellow letters saying "Black Lives Matter" down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C - a two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.

Protests have been happening across the pond too...

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Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

We are witnessing history in the making...

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And people are continuing to demand justice.

One of the most recent events is the tearing down of statues of slave traders and other controversial figures by protesters.

Across the pond in the UK, a video went viral of protesters tearing down a statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston and tossing it into a nearby river.

Colston was a slave trader.

Colston was Conservative MP for Bristol following his tenure as deputy governor of the Royal African Company. He is thought to have trafficked as many as 84,000 African men, women, and children, with an estimated 19,000 dying on their journey to the Caribbean and America.

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was another of those torn down and defaced. 

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The statue was ninety-three years old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.

Controversy has surrounded Columbus' name for many years now...

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His transatlantic voyages unlocked an entire continent for European colonization and turned the Italian explorer into a modern symbol of conquest and violence for native Americans.

It didn't take long for the protesters to completely dislodge the statue...

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And this is when things turned ugly.

The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...

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And protesters then dumped it in Richmond's Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.

Then another Columbus statue was torn down.

This time in Baltimore where his statue was torn down by several protesters furious that the statue has been left to stand.

Then what did they do?

Similar to Colston, Columbus was taken for an involuntary dip - as protesters dumped him in the local harbor.

Trump isn't happy.

And in the past he's claimed that he wants anyone who topples a statue to be arrested and charged.

The Mayor of Baltimore thinks differently.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of Baltimore commented that they were proud. More specifically, they said:
We understand the dynamics that are playing out in Baltimore are part of a national narrative.

Columbus has been cancelled.

But many people are wondering what other things related to Columbus will be cancelled? Such as Columbus Day and the Columbus Circle in NYC.


In Chicago recently - at a protest over a Colombus statue, something very dark happened.

A cop punched a protester.

And the protester, whose name is Miracle, had many of her teeth knocked out.

A GoFundMe has been set up.

To help pay for Miracle's medical and dental bills following the savage attack.

According to the GoFundMe:

In the process of Miracle attempting to deescalate, video captures an as of now unidentified officer knock Miracle’s phone away & throw a left punch that struck Miracle in her face Miracle clearly injured & stunned, then runs away from this officer & his fellow officers that failed to stop this attack & hold this officer accountable.

Miracle also spoke out.

She explained:
My tooth was knocked out. I have lip abrasions in my mouth. My teeth hurt really bad. A police officer came up to me and he smacked my phone out of my hand and it hit me in the mouth and my tooth got knocked out.

There's been a lot of other statues toppled.

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Following the death of yet another black man, Rayshard Brookes, who was shot twice in the back by a police officer, protests got even more intense.

In Portland, George Washington was ripped from his stand and set on fire.

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In images captured by Garrison Davis, you can see the old statue has been defaced and vandalized before being set on fire along with a burning flag.

It was rumored that a group of twenty people did this.

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Reports state that "a separate group of about 20 people met at NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 57th Avenue around 10 PM at the site of a large bronze statue of George Washington."

They continued:

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Some wrapped the statue’s head in an American flag and lit the flag on fire. Their numbers grew over the next hour until there were enough people to pull the statue to the ground. The police arrived a little later.

Countless sport stars are adding to the debate.

But while most of them agree with everything the movement stands for, and are taking the knee during the national anthem. One man thinks differently.

He's an NBA star.

And is none other than Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac - who made headlines across the globe recently for refusing to take a knee.

He also didn't sport a BLM shirt.

But he's revealed his reasons why - claiming that he does believe in the BLM movement, just not taking a knee.

He said:

That he doesn't believe taking a knee or wearing a BLM shirt 'goes hand in hand with supporting black lives'. He continued:
I think when you look around, racism isn't the only thing that plagues our society, that plagues our nation, that plagues our world, and I feel like coming together on that message that we want to get past not only racism but everything that plagues as a society. The answer to it is the gospel.

His action has massively divided opinion.

With a lot of the nation supporting Isaac and many others feeling the opposite.