Martellus Bennett took to social media to make a strong social statement about African-Americans in the United States.
Martellus Bennett is not just going to sit back and enjoy his Super Bowl championship. It appears Bennett is going to use the platform that comes with winning the Super Bowl to express some of his political views and steer away from sports.
Bennett made some news on Sunday night after the Super Bowl when he stated that he would not visit the White House if President Donald Trump invited the team to celebrate their victory. This actually wasn’t news, Bennett had expressed this view a week prior to the game.
However, Bennett’s political statements have gone beyond just his distaste for Donald Trump. A couple of days after soaking in his first career championship, Bennett took to twitter to talk about the African-American community and the direction he wants to see it go.
Bennett makes a great statement here. A powerful statement. Most Chicago Bears’ fans don’t like Bennett and for good reason. Bennett did not handle his departure from the city well. However, if Bennett uses his status as a Super Bowl champion to take to the African-American community and work to open everyone’s eyes that they can truly accomplish great things if they try.
It’s easy to make statements on social media; it’s a challenge to go into a community and make a difference. Hopefully Bennett does the latter. We are in a very politically charged environment right now, and plenty of athletes, actors and famous people are making statements, but if they want change, it’s their actions that are important.