Bears chairman George McCaskey: “We must do more than wring our hands and hope it doesn’t happen again”

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Bears chairman George H. McCaskey has issued a statement regarding the ongoing unrest in our nation. In the statement, McCaskey calls for meaningful change.

“A week ago another unnamed African-American man died at the hands of a white police officer,” McCaskey said. “We are witnessing the anger and frustration play out in protests across the nation, including Chicago. We must do more than wring our hands and hope it doesn’t happen again.

“As an organization, we have addressed it internally by offering unconditional support to our family of staff, coaches and players, and today Ryan Pace and Coach Nagy spent the allotted two hours of team meeting time listening to and healing togethers with our players and the coaching staff. Through our voice, our actions and our resources, it is our obligation to lead. We will continue to work with player-led social justice committee to provide funding and exposure to local organizations dedicated to empowering communities that have been oppressed for far too long. We’re proud to support organizations like BUILD Chicago, I Grow Chicago, My Block, My Hood, My City, and Youth Guidance, among others, who are doing great work in these communities and we encourage fans to partner with us in supporting them. Our commitment is to continue to be an active participant in change.”

That’s the key ingredient for all of us — becoming an active participant in change. From public gestures aimed at setting examples and inspiring others to private conversations aimed at changing minds and hearts, and also inspiring others. This change will come one person at a time, and our institutions must be part of the effort to ensure that a wave of transformation sweeps through the country and truly changes the way that some are treated, in the hope that all are treated equally and fairly, with dignity, respect, and humanity.

21 responses to “Bears chairman George McCaskey: “We must do more than wring our hands and hope it doesn’t happen again”

  1. But let’s not talk about the hundreds upon hundreds of people murdered every year in Chicago. No change needed there. We good.

  2. It’s happening again as they’re releasing these statements. The Louisville PD shot and killed an unarmed restaurant owner. Conveniently, their police cams had been turned off.

  3. He said they spoke for two hours and wrote a check. But what tangible actions has he committed to performing to effect the change he says he wants to see?

  4. Chicago’s black-on-black murder rate is one of the most atrocious in the U.S. If ALL black lives matter, that pattern of death in Chicago deserves every bit as much attention as the systemic racism so prevalent in our country. But that would also require the black community to hold itself accountable.

  5. Still a Urban issue. Sorry.

    Americans by nature, are INDIVIDUALS.

    I understand what happened with Mr Floyd was wrong, disgusting.

    I also understand the current dynamics in play are more about “fundamental transformation” than commonality.

    And yet, these cities will still depend on their rural communities to feed them and make sure the lights are on.

    We are 2 Americas. It’s just not how the media frames it.

  6. iliketurtles says:
    June 1, 2020 at 11:25 pm
    82 people shot this weekend in Chicago. 22 fatally.

    1 weekend.
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    I’m curious…..
    why are you posting lies?
    Do you have a reason for doing this?
    #weknowwhatyouwant

  7. nunya says:
    June 2, 2020 at 12:06 am
    Chicago’s black-on-black murder rate is one of the most atrocious in the U.S. If ALL black lives matter, that pattern of death in Chicago deserves every bit as much attention as the systemic racism so prevalent in our country. But that would also require the black community to hold itself accountable
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    …admitting “systemic racism” and then questioning the accountability of a class of people that is fighting for survival because of “systemic racism” sounds a bit disingenuous. But we expect this type of patronization from faux patriots.

  8. To all the people who try to deflect and bring up Chicago, you’re argument has one major flaw. The criminals and murderers in Chicago did NOT promise to protect and serve anything, but the cops who killed unarmed black men did take such an oath.
    And the mere fact that you even bring up Chicago shows you care nothing about this topic to begin with. Stay in your lilly white world and leave the issues surrounding the plight of black people to those who really care. And please, do not look in the mirror, you might not like what you see.

  9. Start by encouraging all owners to start hiring black head coaches and execs. Otherwise those words are just wringing your hands and hoping it doesn’t happen again.

  10. Always shake my head when the media report on ONE murder, yet ignore the other murders that take place daily.

  11. You are never going to be able to stop individual criminal behavior. If you could there will be no crime.

  12. Instead of shaking your head, march and protest for an end to police brutality. Or just post in the comments section from your lofty perch.

  13. Everybody talks about change.. what is change? Its certainly not let’s all destroy our cities. Perhaps any cop that has 18 prior complaints against him, shouldn’t be a police officer. The people we trust to “serve and protect” need to be held more accountable. How do we accomplish that? Maybe an elected board of trustees evaluates an officer’s performance on an annual basis and rules such as 18 strikes and you are out should apply.

    Seriously .. once that guy got even 4 complaints, he should have been removed from the force. 18? that guy has got some serious issues.

    What are the odds he was abusive toward his wife?

  14. I thought after reading the head line he was talking about the Bears football operation.

  15. therealraider says:
    June 2, 2020 at 9:42 am
    Everybody talks about change.. what is change? Its certainly not let’s all destroy our cities. Perhaps any cop that has 18 prior complaints against him, shouldn’t be a police officer………

    Seriously .. once that guy got even 4 complaints, he should have been removed from the force. 18? that guy has got some serious issues.
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    Unfortunately, you’d have to get the police union to agree to discipline. That isn’t going to happen.

  16. Now it’s a well funded group of rioters who have taken the stage. The protesters initial message is lost.

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