Votto pens op-ed: “My alarm clock”
Canadian Slugger Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds wrote an editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer Sunday titled, “My Waking Up” in which he describes the missing cases of racism and prejudice with his black teammates had to face and not hear them when they shared their experiences .
“Everything inside of me wants to get things back to normal. I don’t want to protest, raise my voice, or challenge someone. I don’t want to have heated arguments, break friendships, or challenge previous standards.
“But I hear you now, and so the desire for normality is a privilege by which I can no longer respect. ”
Votto ends the play by saying that he is now waking up to his ignorance on the issue and vows not to be silent any more.
“A week after I returned Mandela’s biography to the library shelf, I rejected the plea of support from a black friend. It’s only now that I’m starting to hear. I wake up to their pain and ignorance. I will not be silent anymore.
Fitzgerald: “We as a nation are not OK”
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald wrote an essay for the New York Times Sunday about his hometown of Minneapolis and the protests that followed the death of George Floyd.
Fitzgerald said the events of the past few days have shaken Minneapolis and the United States, but the 36-year-old also shared a message of hope.
“The events of the past few days have shaken up Minneapolis and our nation,” wrote Fitzgerald. “The injustice, the death, the destruction, the pain, the violence, the demonstrations and the riots have been clearly indicated – we as a nation are not well. We are not in good health. Another example of a systemic problem that we have not yet resolved is the brutal death of George Floyd in police custody. A cancer that we cannot eliminate. People and communities suffer, lives are lost and futures are destroyed.
“But even in the midst of the current tragedy, I am hopeful. We have an excellent opportunity to ensure that all voices are heard. People of color are calling for a radical and meaningful change that eliminates injustice in the legal system, that roots systemic racism in American society and that authority protects rather than threatens.
Fitzgerald finished the play by honoring George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
“George Floyd, in your last breaths to breathe, we can hear you.
“Breonna Taylor, in your besieged house, we can hear you.
“Ahmaud Arbery, as your steps hammered the ground, running for your life, we hear you.
“Victims of violence, poverty and injustice, we hear you.
“The communities and the lives torn apart by the riots, we hear you.
“People of privilege learn better, we hear you.
“Mothers and fathers of all races are doing your best to teach your children to love and not to hate, we hear you.
“May God give us all ears to hear so that the cries of the unheard of will never be forced to cry out in despair. “
Hornets split from IPC
A few days after Michael Jordan’s announcement with the Jordan brand, he pledged to contribute $ 100 million to fight for racial equality and social justice, the team he owns, the Charlotte Hornets, announced that they were ending their partnership with the IPC.
“Our president has been very clear about his thoughts on issues of racial equality, social justice and diversity. Hornets Sports and Entertainment shares these values. Therefore, we believe it is appropriate at this time to end our partnership with the IPC. We informed Ken Gill, CEO of the IPC, of our decision earlier today. Throughout our organization, our property, our players, our staff, we are fully committed to improving racial equality, social justice, diversity and access to education throughout our community.
CPI CEO Ken Gill made controversial comments in an email response to a local nonprofit, Queen City Unity, which called for action in response to the death of George Floyd.
“Please spend your time more productively,” said Gill. “A better use of time would be to focus on the black crime of black people and the senseless murder of our young men by other young men. ”
Gill has since apologized for his comments.