Masai Ujiri, president of the Toronto Raptors in the Globe and Mail
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Opinion: Masai Ujiri: To overcome racism, we need to be more than merely good. We must raise our voices - The Globe and Mail
The video was sent to me without explanation. Watching it, I was confused: What is this? At first, I thought it was from years ago and someone was sharing it to make a point. After all, there have been a lot of conversations recently focusing on interactions that ended with the violent deaths of black men.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the Los Angeles Times
If you’re white, you probably muttered a horrified, “Oh, my God” while shaking your head at the cruel injustice. If you’re black, you probably leapt to your feet, cursed, maybe threw something (certainly wanted to throw something), while shouting, “Not @#$%! again!”
Saroya Tinker, professional hockey player
My thoughts, experience and story on racism in hockey. This is not to offend anyone but instead bring awareness and promote togetherness within the hockey community!🤎🏒✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/GKb0cxBt2k— Saroya Tinker (@saroyatinker71) May 30, 2020
Sarah Nurse, PWHPA member, Olympian
It was not an accident. It’s appalling to see another black person murdered. His life, along with countless others - Not valued. It is NOT enough to sit back and say, “I’m Not Racist”. We all have to be actively AGAINST racism in our society. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/pUg0XMj8Cr— Sarah Nurse (@nursey16) May 29, 2020
Akim Aliu, professional hockey player
We’re all hurting, centuries of racism and oppression spilling into the streets. Our voices suppressed far too long, now violence seen as our only ally. The voices of ALL must be heard, this fight belongs to EVERYONE. Stop the hate, stop the MURDERING. History will not forget.— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) May 29, 2020
Blake Wheeler, professional hockey player
Complete text of his comments.
Natasha Cloud, professional basketball player
Because right now……. there’s only one thing that’s on my mind. Right now, if we’re being really real? As a black person in America, there’s only one thing that could possibly BE on my mind.
And that’s fearing for my life.
It’s fearing for my life, and for the life of every other person who is guilty of nothing more than belonging to a race that this country has been built on oppressing. It’s wanting to stay alive — in a time where the reality for a lot of people is that my staying alive doesn’t matter.
Malcolm Miller, professional basketball player
I couldn’t watch the video because I couldn’t watch ANOTHER black man unnecessarily die. And I don’t want George Floyd to just be “another black man killed by police”. That statistic has been alive and growing for decades. No. He and we all are more than a statistic...(1/5)— Malcolm Miller (@MalcMili13) May 30, 2020
Somehow our life is more threatening than any gun. That’s just how it feels and is. My heart goes out to George Floyd and his friends and family. Death isn’t easy, especially one publicized to this degree (3/5)— Malcolm Miller (@MalcMili13) May 30, 2020
I just felt the need to get some things off my chest. This isn’t a problem that is amended. You can’t slap make-up on a pig. Systemic means this problem was built into the construction purposefully. So what now...— Malcolm Miller (@MalcMili13) May 30, 2020
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Dwane Casey, head coach of the Detroit Pistons
Fifty-four years ago I was an eight-year-old boy living in rural Kentucky when the schools were desegregated. I walked into a white school where I was not wanted nor welcomed. At that time there were no cell phones to record my treatment, no cable news stations with 24/7 coverage, no social media to record the reality of the situation or offer support nor condemnation. But I can remember exactly how I felt as an eight-year-old child. I felt helpless. I felt as if I was neither seen, nor heard, nor understood.
As posted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Sunday front page of the Houston Chronicle sports’ section:
Hi. I'm keeping track of any disinformation, hoaxes, or out-of-context photos and videos about the Minneapolis protests.— Jane Lytvynenko 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ (@JaneLytv) May 29, 2020
If you see something, send it to me. My DMs are open and my email is email@example.com
Although it is not our job to educate those on the acts & histories of systemic racism, here are a few resources for those looking to do their part in helping to make a change. For more information, links & sources, visit my “Food 4 Thought” IG highlights https://t.co/S9M6Kn5dz5 pic.twitter.com/PAzh4uPSe0— Saroya Tinker (@saroyatinker71) May 31, 2020
Many people in the hockey world have been asking me what they should do to educate themselves and fight racism, so I created a site compiled of educational resources and actionable steps for allies to take #blacklivesmatter https://t.co/nvjXxqsD8J— Jashvina Shah (@icehockeystick) May 31, 2020
For people who actively want to be support and be an ally right now, I have written a thread. pic.twitter.com/kTvDgXXO5L— Mireille Cassandra Harper (@mireillecharper) May 29, 2020
We will also use our platform to share information on how you can take action NOW!— PWHPA (@PWHPA) May 31, 2020
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