I usually post on here to give my thoughts on sports and make some try-hard jokes, but this is going to be a serious blog. In the past, I’ve expressed disdain when sports outlets discuss serious issues and don’t “stick to sports.” However, the tragic and horrific murder of George Floyd and the events that have followed nationwide isn’t something I can stay silent on. This is a blatant issue of human rights, right vs. wrong, good vs. evil. Anyone who does not voice their opinion is taking the side of the oppressor by default.
I don’t want to even begin to pretend that I know what it’s like to be an African American dealing with the police. When I encounter the cops, my biggest worry is getting a ticket; never once have I had to fear for my life. The fact that this is the reality for every black person in America in the year 2020 is beyond heartbreaking and messed up. We need to change that ASAP. I also don’t want to pretend I know what that change entails. I know that collectively speaking out against these injustices is definitely a part of it. But I want to listen to the people who do know what we need to do as a nation to prevent this from ever happening again.
I grew up in a predominantly white town, the kind of place that commonly got referred to as a “bubble.” But I always knew I wanted to go to a big school, and since both of my parents went to Rutgers, it was a no-brainer for me. Rutgers was a complete change of pace, as I was now going to school with students of every race from all over the world. And I loved every second of it. My college experience was unequivocally the best four years of my life.
I was lucky enough to make a ton of lifelong friends at Rutgers, of all different races. I was in one of the most diverse fraternities on campus. We never made any decisions on new members based off of their race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Up until now, I always kind of thought that as long as I was treating everyone equally and with respect, that was enough. I now realize that it absolutely is not enough. I’m disappointed that it took this tragic event to get me to this realization, but we all need to speak out against the racism that still happens in this country on a daily basis.
I want to have dialogue with people on how we can fix this problem. I want to listen to people of color talk about their struggles, and ask what we can do to help. We need to be better. I stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. I stand for justice for George Floyd and all other unlawful deaths that have occurred due to racism in our country. And I’m ready to do whatever it takes to make a better America for our kids and grandkids.