The murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis Police Officers has shaken the country with black people once again having to witness another life taken due to racism.
Now in a time where silence is deafening, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is speaking out on the murder of Floyd and institutional racism.
Wentz put out a tweet Thursday night, where he put out his thoughts and feelings about the injustice that’s been going on in America.
Been thinking a lot about the George Floyd situation and thinking of the words to say and coming up empty. All I know is that instituional racism in this country breaks my heart and needs to stop. Can’t even fathom what the black community has to endure on a daily basis.”
Wentz also went on to speak about growing up in a predominantly white community in North Dakota, so he can never truly comprehend all of the obstacles and challenges that the black community has to endure.
Being from North Dakota, I’ve spent a large part of my life surrounded by people of similar color, so I’m not gonna act like I know what the black community goes through or even has gone through already. I’ll never know the feeling of having to worry about my kids going outside because of their skin color.”
The post concluded with Wentz praying for every man, woman, and child affected by racism.
However, I do know that we are all equal at the foot of the cross and Jesus taught us to value others’ lives like they are our own — regardless of skin tone,” Wentz continued. “So, this might seem like a ramble — and perhaps it is. I don’t understand the society we live that doesn’t value all human life. It’s heartbreaking and disturbing. My hearts and prayers go out to every man, woman, and child that has to endure the effects of the racism in our society.”
More white players need to use their platforms and privilege to speak out on issues of race and racism in the way that Wentz did here. Being an ally is speaking up even when it’s uncomfortable to do so, and Wentz showed he’s an ally.
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