We are speaking out about George Floyd’s senseless murder. Celebs, entertainers and sports figures around the world are voicing their take on race and police brutality in light of the current state of the world.
During a Friday morning segment of ESPN’s “Get Up,” former NBA player and current on-air personality Jalen Rose provided his commentary on the state of race relations in the United States:
“I have to say this. I wish America loved black people as much as they love black culture,” said a poised Rose. “There is so many times where it gets cherry-picked and it gets piggy-backed, but only when it’s convenient. And sometimes it happens in entertainment and athletics.
“We’re not here designed only to entertain. We’re actually living, breathing human beings.”
The image of Colin Kaepernick taking a knee at a football game during the national anthem is the exact one that we see in Minnesota, when a guy was laying on the ground for over eight minutes, handcuffed, with a knee to his neck, and was murdered. Let’s start calling these things what they are. These are murderings. These are lynchings. These things have caused pain in our society, for our community, for hundreds of years. We’ve been screaming out for your assistance.”
We need people who aren’t black, we need people who aren’t brown. When you know these things are happening in your society to have a voice, a legitimate one, lock and step with us, protest with us, post with us, not just when it’s convenient, when it can be uncomfortable.”
He then touched on the long and horrible track record this country has dealt its African-American citizens and how change is only going to come with allies across the racial spectrum.
“Lock in step with us,” he implored. “Protest with us. Post with us. Not just when it’s convenient, when it can be uncomfortable. The image of Colin Kaepernick taking a knee before a football game during the national anthem is the exact one that we see in Minnesota when the guy was laying on the ground for over eight minutes handcuffed with a knee to his neck.”