Jed York: We must acknowledge the problem of systemic discrimination

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The trend of NFL players (and most notably quarterbacks) speaking out in response to the ongoing social unrest has spread to the ownership ranks. 49ers CEO Jed York joined Falcons owner Arthur Blank in the issuance of the statement on the situation. York added to his remarks a seven-figure commitment.

People throughout our country are hurting,” York said. “Emotions are raw, and rightfully so. Heinous acts have been committed in recent weeks. Before we are able to realize impactful change, we must first have the courage and compassion as human beings to come together and acknowledge the problem: black men, women, children and other oppressed minorities continue to be systemically discriminated against. The 49ers organization is committing to support the legislative priorities of the Players Coalition and to donating $1 million dollars to local and national organizations who are creating change.”

Protests have grown and spread in the six days since the murder of George Floyd. In some cities, there has been violence. In some cities, images have been captured of men with badges once again using force stronger than justified by the circumstances.

There is no easy answer to any of these issues, which makes the search for those answers even more important. The current situation is not sustainable and not indicative of the America that we should aspire to be. The underlying challenge continues to be the treatment of minorities by our society and the failure of the majority to create a system of law enforcement that makes “equal justice” not only a motto but also a reality.

41 responses to “Jed York: We must acknowledge the problem of systemic discrimination

  1. How about police departments not hiring bad abusive cops once and for all?

    Really not a hard concept.

  2. While I agree with Jed York…I’d like to correct him. These atrocities are not recent. These have been happening throughout America’s history. This is not a problem that you can throw money at. It will require vigilance from the “majority” to stamp out this type of behavior. Even the microaggressions that minorities face on an everyday basis. I applaud him for his desire.

  3. Um, isn’t he the key leader of the organization that cut the player, for no other reason, than that he was trying to move the NFL towards a more active role in race issues? Hello, Kap you still there? Feeling the hypocrisy coming out of Santa Clara?

  4. Kaepernick was not cut for his taking a knee. He was fired for the same reasons that other QBs lose their jobs….he’s not what the team wants or needs in a QB.

  5. Valuing education, having work ethic, and obeying the laws of this country are what set us apart. Not skin color. Those who have those traits are successful and build good lives. Those that don’t… don’t.

  6. Ahh yes. ‘Systemic discrimination’. The ultimate boogey man. Can neither be proven or disproven, ‘systemic discrimination’ is the rallying cry for leftists who want to tear down Western civilization and supplant it with an authoritarian socialist superstate.
    In the USA, we function as individuals, not as a collective. What any cop does isn’t reflected on another cop any more than an NFL player’s actions reflect on the group as a whole. What if we found out two weeks ago that a white cop was giving half his salary to a struggling black man for over a year? Would there be spontaneous nationwide parades hailing cops as the new ‘heroes’ du jour? No.
    Here’s the thing about ‘systemic racism’. Either objectively and definitively prove it or stop using the words. A white cop killing a black citizen isn’t evidence. The threshold of proof is far greater than that. There must be a paper trail and documents to prove ‘systemic racism’, otherwise it doesn’t exist.

  7. Discrimination exists everywhere. Systematic? No. This country would look completely different if that was even remotely true.

  8. He’s right. People of all colors need to stop discriminating against people of a different color.

  9. These last few nights and now today in Philadelphia, you have vast swaths of this Nation not affected by any of this.

    There are a few sayings that remain true today. “All politics are local” “You get the government YOU deserve”.

    This is a Urban issue. We in rural America have our own issues that these same Urban areas promote like sanctuary cities. But we are not looting, burning down buildings or shooting at cops. Nope got work tomorrow. Dont have time to run around and cause chaos and Anarchy.

  10. I do agree, the widespread systemic racism Whites experience in America IS a problem and NEEDS to stop.

  11. ricko1112 says:
    May 31, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Valuing education, having work ethic, and obeying the laws of this country are what set us apart. Not skin color. Those who have those traits are successful and build good lives. Those that don’t… don’t.

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    Amen.

  12. This is a Urban issue. We in rural America have our own issues that these same Urban areas promote like sanctuary cities. But we are not looting, burning down buildings or shooting at cops. Nope got work tomorrow. Dont have time to run around and cause chaos and Anarchy.
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    This is one of the dumbest statements I have ever read. Imagine, somehow, if on your way to work you were pulled over for a traffic violation and got shot for reaching for your registration or asked to step out of the car and wrestled to the ground face-down and shot in the back? Then, your family said “don’t have time to worry about our father and husband’s shameful murder by cops; no big deal, people of all races die like this all the time.”? Would you roll over in your grave because of their looting or the dismissive attitude of your family toward the police’s excessive force and your senseless death?

  13. I do agree, the widespread systemic racism Whites experience in America IS a problem and NEEDS to stop.

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    Would you be happy to receive the same treatment as a white citizen that our black citizens do? Probably not right? That says very plainly that you know what’s happening and you know you don’t want it for you. Now that you know that, why would you be so willing to accept it or allow it for others?

  14. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 31, 2020 at 10:18 am
    How about police departments not hiring bad abusive cops once and for all?

    Really not a hard concept.

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    Did you know that police departments all over the country LOWERED their standards for gaining employment because groups such as the ACLU and NAACP said the tests were too difficult for minorities? Well, it’s a fact and in my opinion, it’s contributed to what we see happening with some cops.
    There’s an old saying I believe in — you get what you pay for.

  15. skinsdiehard says:
    May 31, 2020 at 5:34 pm
    This is a Urban issue. We in rural America have our own issues that these same Urban areas promote like sanctuary cities. But we are not looting, burning down buildings or shooting at cops. Nope got work tomorrow. Dont have time to run around and cause chaos and Anarchy.
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    This is one of the dumbest statements I have ever read. Imagine, somehow, if on your way to work you were pulled over for a traffic violation and got shot for reaching for your registration or asked to step out of the car and wrestled to the ground face-down and shot in the back? Then, your family said “don’t have time to worry about our father and husband’s shameful murder by cops; no big deal, people of all races die like this all the time.”? Would you roll over in your grave because of their looting or the dismissive attitude of your family toward the police’s excessive force and your senseless death?

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    As a minority myself. I won’t be guilted into your hypothetical. It’s a rabbit hole with to few examples in a Country of 330 million. Many again, a vast majority of this nation do not have these issues that are primarily based in Urban America.

    “All politics are local” it all begins there.

  16. Systemic discrimination like the 59ers firing employees for being too old to work for the them and settling a lawsuit? Jed, stop trying to earn social points on a tragedy.

  17. It is time for the NFL to take a stand and put itself on the right side of history here. This has turned into a full blown Civil rights Movement. Standing up for Black people is patriotism. Standing up against systemic racism is patriotism. You can’t play the national anthem and salute veterans and ignore the fact that the freedom they fought for doesn’t exist for non white people in this country. This isn’t the time to dig into your position, it isn’t the time to be dismissive. Stop. MURDERING. PEOPLE. and then we will all stand up during sing along time and that flag will stand for something other than racism and oppression.

  18. black guy shot a 85yr old man and his 86 yr old wife who were visiting a cemetery in Delaware on May 12th, this Francis guy just opened fire and killed them for less reason than the cop probably had for extreme brutality with Floyd. there has been no whites rioting in the streets, no Walmart’s broken into, no businesses destroyed. An 80 plus year old couple!!!

  19. you know white people have been filmed breaking windows and inciting violence ? Whether anarchosts trying to incite or Far Right people trying to make the protestors look bad, who knows ?

    But there is definite evidence of that. And videos of actual protestors telling peopel to stop doing it.

    And there is a massive difference between an actual white supramicist police officer clearly killing someone – with the duty of service to the community – and someone committing a criminal act.

    That’s such a conflation and poor attempt at “it’s at best a rub’ it isn’t funny.

    As someone said on twitter today this isn’t black v white, this is everyone against racists and racism. Systematic or otherwise.

  20. His name was Patrick Underwood. Why aren’t any players/coaches/execs talking about him?

  21. kcflake, jokes about billionaires telling us how to fix America. LOL

    Trump, a billionaire, literally said about America’: “Only I can fix it.” I’m not laughing.

  22. Most of you posters here are exactly what’s wrong with America. Anytime there’s a post like this on PFT, looking at the comments section, you’d think you’d logged in to StormFront by mistake.

  23. Three cops held a handcuffed man down while one knelt on his neck. A fourth stood watching.

    The cuffed man said he couldn’t breathe. He called out for his mother. Then stopped talking.

    One cop asked the kneeling cop if he wanted to switch the cuff man’s position noting the risk. The answer was “no”.

    The cop took the cuff man’s pulse and told the kneeling cop he couldn’t find one. The kneeling cop held his position for 2 more minutes.

    None of the four cops took any active measure to stop the murder of the cuffed man.

    All of the above is confirmed by video and taping.

    I ask those of you who deny systemic racism in police departments if you really believe that all four of these guys just happen to be bad apples.

    If you studied statistics you would know the probability of four bad apples being bunched together at this scene is highly improbable. But why consider statistics, it’s a mathematical science. Better to go with your gut.

    How about you close your eyes and imagine that’s your boy, your brother or youth father being murdered.

  24. I do agree, the widespread systemic racism Whites experience in America IS a problem and NEEDS to stop.

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    ouch David Duke.

  25. DFWHawkGuy says:
    May 31, 2020 at 10:54 am
    Um, isn’t he the key leader of the organization that cut the player, for no other reason, than that he was trying to move the NFL towards a more active role in race issues? Hello, Kap you still there? Feeling the hypocrisy coming out of Santa Clara?
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    I think his maybe his 3-16 record and the fact he lost his job to Blaine Gabbert (yes THAT Blaine Gabbert) may have played a role in that decision….But you go with whatever narrative that makes you happy..

  26. Patrick H says:
    May 31, 2020 at 6:48 pm
    It is time for the NFL to take a stand and put itself on the right side of history here. This has turned into a full blown Civil rights Movement.
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    Don’t insult the civil rights freedom fighters of the 50s and 60s….

  27. People feel over policed and over taxed. I am a middle aged white guy with no criminal record and have been harassed by police on many occasions.

  28. If even higher IQ people believe everything they’re told on mainstream news and aren’t smart enough to look up some basic statistics that would support or disprove an argument there’s no hope. The biggest problem with systemic racism is even smart people are dumb enough to believe it and support fighting it, and it’ll continue largely for that reason.

  29. Here is a few million dollars. You’re welcome, and please, not in my neighborhood.

  30. Yes, we must acknowledge that racism is color blind – all colors do it and it needs to stop.

  31. While I am sure many Americans are very dismayed with the circumstance surrounding the death of George Floyd, I fail to see how Jed York, Arthur Blank or the collective NFL is going to inspire any type of meaningful change to actually stop it. Singing Kumbaya and having a beer together will do nothing to address the problems of police brutality or quell the widespread rioting, civil disobedience or destruction of private property seen on the nightly news over the last week.

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