Theo Epstein says Cubs plan to create diversity committee


CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs are establishing a diversity committee to help improve the organization’s standards and practices.

Owner Tom Ricketts and president of business operations Crane Kenney are directing the plans, according to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have sparked protests across the country. Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer stuck his knee in Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and said he could not breathe.

The protests also led sports organizations to take a closer look at their history and diversity policies.

“I would like to begin by offering my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless victims who continue to die as a result of racist violence in this country year after year, decade after decade, century after century” Epstein said Monday in a conference call before the amateur baseball draft.

“I join my Cubs colleagues in defending the Black Lives Matter movement and the protesters who are doing their best to make it a true turning point in our history. At the moment, silence is complicity, and it is important that all of our voices are heard, ”he said.

Epstein said the committee “can make sure we set better standards for ourselves and hold ourselves accountable and better on this issue.” ”

But the longtime baseball executive isn’t waiting for the committee to take a closer look at its work, recently examining its own hiring practices.

“The majority of the people I’ve hired, if I’m honest, have similar backgrounds and are very similar to me,” said Epstein. “This is something I have to ask myself why. I have to question my own assumptions, my own attitudes. I have to find a way to be better. “


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