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.
via: Getty ImagesSince 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...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd 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...
via: Getty ImagesBut 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.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
It has also taken over our streets...
Ahead of a planned protest this weekend, the road to the White House was painted with a giant "Black Lives Matter"… https://t.co/6M3H6ehuNs— David Luganda🇺🇬 (@David Luganda🇺🇬)1591398030.0
Protests have been happening across the pond too...
via: GettyHundreds 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...
via: GettyAnd 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.
Historic scenes in Bristol as protesters kneel on the neck of the toppled statue of Edward Colston for eight minute… https://t.co/p7VVmxHW7n— Martin Booth (@Martin Booth)1591539194.0
Colston was a slave trader.
The moment a statue of slave trader Edward Colston toppled into Bristol’s harbour. ‘It’s what he deserves. I’ve bee… https://t.co/xzJLp90l6r— Sarah Turnnidge (@Sarah Turnnidge)1591542295.0
A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was another of those torn down and defaced.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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...
via: TwitterHis 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...
via: GettyAnd this is when things turned ugly.
The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...
via: Getty ImagesAnd protesters then dumped it in Richmond's Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.
Then another Columbus statue was torn down.
COLUMBUS DOWN | Protestors removed the #ChristopherColumbus statue from it's pedestal tonight in #Baltimore's Littl… https://t.co/XOEubASqk4— Dan Lampariello (@Dan Lampariello)1593915927.0
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.
Protesters just took down the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore Italy. Today kante what are we waiting for??… https://t.co/IJf2QDaEMO— Official🚜Rakgadi🚜Soldier🚜✊🏿 (@Official🚜Rakgadi🚜Soldier🚜✊🏿)1593963735.0
The Mayor of Baltimore thinks differently.
Baltimore just tore down the Columbus statue ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻 #blacklivesmatter https://t.co/uX5ty8oI3f— National Public Raytheon (@National Public Raytheon)1593910472.0
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.
Protesters launch fireworks and other items at Chicago police officers guarding Columbus statue in Grant Park https://t.co/WCga8c47Ty— WGN TV News (@WGN TV News)1595032900.0
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.
This is 18yo Miracle Boyd, whose front teeth were knocked out by CPD last night, at the Love March Against Gun Viol… https://t.co/P56LILfs0z— Stephanie Kollmann (@Stephanie Kollmann)1595076446.0
According to the GoFundMe:
every single person in this city needs to go hard for Miracle Boyd. I don't care if you're from here, I don't care… https://t.co/uORrMtdeU5— Tina, Tati, etc... (@Tina, Tati, etc...)1595088791.0
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.
via: Getty ImagesFollowing 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.
via: Getty ImagesIn 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.
via: Getty ImagesReports 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."
via: Getty ImagesSome 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.
Jonathan Isaac became the first #NBA player inside the bubble to stand during the national anthem. He also chose no… https://t.co/jtelT48oX6— Daren Stoltzfus (@Daren Stoltzfus)1596232490.0
"Kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt didn't go hand in hand with supporting Black Lives... I believe t… https://t.co/AhquQ1QJvU— Sports Illustrated (@Sports Illustrated)1596234418.0
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.
Jonathan Isaac chose to stand for the National Anthem without a BLM shirt (h/t @TopBallCoverage ) https://t.co/WSevfbolxl— NBA Central (@NBA Central)1596222055.0