Dwyane Wade Indicates Donald Trump’s Racism Played Role in Tragic El Paso Shooting

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Former Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was deeply saddened by Saturday’s shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 20 people and injured 26 more.

To subtly express his anger at the apparent motive of racism, Wade retweeted a video of presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s denunciation of President Donald Trump and added a raised fist emoji to show his support.

El Paso sits on the border between the United States and Mexico, with citizens of each country frequently making their way across the border. Before and during Trump’s time in office, he’s made strict enforcement of the border a top priority.

In addition to those steps taken, the often harsh rhetoric used by Trump has led his critics to claim that is is racist in nature. Six of the victims who were killed were Mexican citizens.

During his playing career, Wade was not afraid to offer his opinions on controversial topics. Among those efforts was his vocal support on behalf of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

In the wake of a school shooting at the high school in February 2018, students there launched a nationwide effort to establish new gun control laws. Wade visited the school and donated $200,000 to help students from his hometown of Chicago to attend a Washington, D.C. rally the following month to help build that support.

Wade’s disdain for Trump is also likely stoked by the fact that during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump used the shooting death of Wade’s cousin to promote his candidacy.

Then, last year, Trump insulted Wade’s close friend and former Heat teammate LeBron James.

In retirement, Wade now has plenty of different avenues that he can pursue. However, this most recent tweet shows that his social conscience is one that will continue to drive his focus.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for HeatNation.com, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.