062320 Atlanta: Rev. Raphael G. Warnock delivers the eulogy for Rayshard Brooks at his funeral in Ebenezer Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in Atlanta. Brooks, 27, died June 12 after being shot by an officer in a Wendyâs parking lot. Brooksâ death sparked protests in Atlanta and around the country. Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer, said âRayshard Brooks wasnât just running from the police. He was running from a system that makes slaves out of people. A system that doesnât give ordinary people whoâve made mistakes a second chance, a real shot at redemption.â Curtis Compton firstname.lastname@example.org
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“This is just more proof that the out-of-control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them,” she said. “It’s clear that the league is more concerned with playing politics than basketball, and I stand by what I wrote in June.”
Since her campaign released the letter, Loeffler has faced stinging pushback from national Democrats, WNBA stars and current and former players of the Dream, which released a statement that concluded with: “Black Lives Matter. Vote in November.”
WNBA players formed a social justice council months ago which has hosted calls featuring 2018 gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, the mother of Breonna Taylor and Kimberlé Crenshaw, the creator of #SayHerName, which amplifies the stories of Black women killed by police brutality and violence.
Players across the league, which is majority Black, have called for Loeffler to be ousted from the WNBA. Englebert has said the co-owner will not be forced to sell her stake in the team.
Loeffler has used her criticism of the “cancel culture” to woo conservative supporters ahead of the November election as she competes against U.S. Rep. Doug Collins for Republican votes. She’s demanded that the WNBA abandon plans to honor the Black Lives Matter movement and instead put an American flag on every jersey.
020708-Woodstock-U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler greets supporters during a campaign event at the Tuscany Italian restaurant in Woodstock on Wednesday afternoon July 8, 2020. Ben Gray for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“I want to speak for all Americans who feel like they don’t have a voice, who feel like they’re going to be canceled if they speak out against a political movement,” she said at a recent campaign rally. “That’s not freedom, that’s not America.”
Collins, meanwhile, has questioned why she hadn’t been as vocal about earlier league initiatives, such as a promotion a few years ago that allowed fans to donate a portion of ticket sales to Planned Parenthood, the reproductive healthcare organization vilified by some conservatives.
“She just has no moorings,” Collins said Tuesday during a campaign stop in northwest Georgia. “It’s what happens when you have never had to take a stand on anything - a history where she doesn’t comport to what she wants to run for now.”