But that’s not stopping Cam Newton from looking at the bigger picture.
Newton’s cleats honor victims of mass shooting
The Panthers quarterback is suiting up with black and gold cleats featuring images from the Steelers logo. The shoes also display the Star of David and read “Stronger than hate” and “Hatred can’t weaken a city of steel” to honor the memory of the 11 dead and multiple others wounded in an Oct. 28 massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 8, 2018
Another shooting, another reaction
Newton’s tribute is the latest in what’s become a familiar reaction from the sports world to the plague of mass shootings that continue to claim lives in the United States with little action taken to stop them.
Americans are used to this
These gestures of support come from a good place and raise awareness to a problem that was once shocking to the American people but has become commonplace to a numbed public desensitized to the normalization of gun violence.
Viewed from a distance, it’s absurd that this is a society where a football player wearing tributes to murder victims on his cleats is a normal thing.
But it has become normal. The fact that a society that often values gun rights over everything else has allowed that to be so is a travesty.
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