San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is a longtime critic of Donald Trump and a United States civil rights activist, has commented on the unrest in recent weeks.
Popovich, who has won five NBA titles with the Spurs, said he thought the “country was in trouble” as he spoke of the death of George Floyd.
“In a strange and counterintuitive way, the best moment of teaching about this most recent tragedy, I think, was the look on the officer’s face [during Floyd’s death]”Popovich said in a video posted by Spurs. “So that white people can see how laid back, how laid back they are, how hard they do their work every day, so much so that he could just put his left hand in his pocket, squirm a little knee to teach that person some kind of lesson – and that it was his right and his duty to do it, in his mind.
“I don’t know … I think I’m just embarrassed as a white person to know that this can happen. To watch a lynching. We’ve all seen books, and you look in the books and you see black people hanging from trees. And you … are amazed. But we just saw it again. I never expected to see that with my own eyes in real time. ”
Popovich added that it was up to whites to solve the scourge of racism in the United States.
” We need to. Black people have been carrying this burden for 400 years, “said Popovich. “The only reason this nation has made the progress it has is due to the persistence, patience and effort of black people. The history of our nation from the start in many ways was a lie, and we continue to this day, mostly blacks and browns, to try to make this lie a truth so that it is no longer a lie. And these rights and privileges are granted to people of color, just as we appreciate them. So it must be we, in my opinion, who speak the truth to power and who call it, whatever the consequences. We have to talk. We must not let anything go. “