The SCOTUS ruled on Friday that Colorado cannot force a graphic designer to create art that violates her religious beliefs, such as those for same-sex marriages. The Washington Mystics guard reacted to the ruling by lashing out, “Our country is literally in shambles in a lot of areas and we continue on attacking black and LGBTQ+ lives. This country is a f***ing joke.”
Cloud continued her tirade on Twitter, “Our country is trash in so many ways and instead of using our resources to make it better we continue to oppress marginalized groups that we have targeted since the beginning of times.”
The 31-year-old basketball player said black, brown, and LGBTQ+ communities “are too powerful to still be attacking issues separate.”
She added, “There is power in numbers.”
“The inhumane savagery way is a very American/European ideology,” Cloud tweeted. “We’re above that. But we do need to fight.”
Cloud called the United States a “hateful disappointment.”
“Imagine having all the power and resources to be great. I’m talking about everybody eats. Then imagine wasting it on hateful ideologies. Imagine weaponizing religion. That is America. We are a hateful disappointment,” she declared. “That’s the truth. We have the potential to be great.”
The WNBA player discussed potential places to move to from the “trash” America, “I’m feeling somewhere with human rights, healthcare, and no mass shootings.”
Cloud told the Philadelphia Inquirer in May, “You talk about the mass shootings that continually happen and we do not do a [expletive] thing. Black and brown people continuously being killed by police, the people who are supposed to protect us. We still don’t have equity. Systemic racism still thrives. We are mass-incarcerated. We have taken so many steps back.”
“We can go down the line. We want to talk about America being this great country, no the [expletive] we’re not,” she proclaimed. “And until we come to grips with that reality, of course, yes, we have certain freedoms and rights that other countries don’t have, but the reality of this country is that not everyone gets them.”
“You have to be white, and specifically male, because even white women don’t get the same equity that their white male counterparts do,” the basketball player continued. “So that in itself is really frustrating for how many steps we’ve taken backwards since Trump’s administration.”
In a 2020 interview with Forbes, Cloud said she and her wife are “both black bisexual women.”
In June 2020, Cloud announced that she would be sitting out the WNBA season to fight for social justice.
“There’s a lot of factors that led to this decision,” Cloud said on Instagram. “But the biggest being that I am more than an athlete. I have a responsibility to myself, to my community, and to my future children to fight for something that is much bigger than myself and the game of basketball. I will instead, continue the fight on the front lines for social reform, because until black lives matter, all lives can’t matter.”
Cloud has had partnerships with French liquor brand Hennessy and banking behemoth Capital One.
For her WNBA career, Cloud has averaged 7.5 points per game and 5 assists.
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