How Former NBA Star Matt Barnes Wants To Help The Sons Of A Man Fatally Shot By Police

“This isn’t a Sacramento problem, this is a nationwide problem.”

The fatal shooting of Stephon Clark by police in Sacramento, California, has affected many members of the community. Since the 22-year-old's death, there have been several protests, and an outpouring of support from the community members and organizations.

One notable Sacramentan is making sure he's doing his part to ensure that Clark's sons are taken care of in the wake of his death.

Former NBA player Matt Barnes, who grew up in Sacramento and had two stints playing for the Sacramento Kings during his career, announced that he is starting a scholarship fund for the two boys while speaking at a rally on March 31. In addition to the announcement, Barnes also took time to comment on the state of relations between Black America and the police force across the nation.

"We fear what we don't know. We don't know these cops, so we fear them. They don't know us, so they fear us," he said at the gathering. "When you get out and know someone on a first-name basis, when you are called to the situation, next time you may be able to defuse the situation." 

While at the demonstration, which was organized by the Sacramento Black Lives Matter chapter, he also spoke on why the shooting hit very close to home for him. Barnes' participation was sparked after one his sons asked him if all cops were bad. "I had to pause for a second because the emotion of me wanted to say yes, but at the same time, cops aren't bad, one cop doesn't make everyone bad," he said. "But one Black man doesn't make everybody guilty. It's more than color. It comes down to wrong and right."

It falls in line with the former ball player's call for accountability in regards to the high number of police shootings involving African-American victims documented in recent years. In an Instagram video for ATTN: he emphasized that "we must all do our part to stop this from happening."

While speaking at the rally, he also pointed out that this problem goes further than what happened to Clark. "This isn't a Sacramento problem," he said. "This is a nationwide problem."

(H/T: HuffPost)

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