Russell Wilson: I fear for my children because of the color of their skin

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has joined the growing list of NFL players to issue statements in response to last week’s killing of George Floyd by a since-fired member of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Wilson’s statement recalls his father and grandfather telling them stories about racism from earlier in their lives and writes that “the reality is the past never left us” while referencing Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others who have been killed recently.

“As a stepdad to one of the most amazing kids I’ve ever known, a young boy with so much passion, talent, intelligence, and love for others; as a father to one of the most bright, brilliant and vibrant young girls in the world and a new baby boy on the way . . . I fear,” Wilson wrote. “I fear for their lives just like my grandmother feared for my dad’s life and the lives of her other children. I fear because of the color of their beautiful chocolate skin.”

“We cannot continue to ignore racism as though it has ended, or never happened. The continual violence inflicted upon blacks and people of color must stop. We need a change now. We need love. We need compassion. We need grace and forgiveness even in the midst of the pain.”

“We need true leadership. We need justice. We need truth.”

Wilson goes on to ask what kind of lives they want for their children and closes by quoting scripture telling us to “do everything in love.”

4 responses to “Russell Wilson: I fear for my children because of the color of their skin

  1. In 4 seasons Wentz has 0 playoff wins 48 regular season Fumbles. He is 7-20 vs teams over 500. He has no heart no desire to win he has the IQ of a potato. His teammates hate him. he has started 5-6 in 3 of his first 4 seasons. Nick Foles is 24-6 in his last 30 games as an Eagle

  2. We are the HUMAN RACE. Our DNA is 99.99…% the same.

    When applied in this context, the term “race” itself perpetuates the problem. The United Nations no longer uses the term “race” to denote various forms of prejudice and bigotry.

    Dermal bias is a primitive fear response, on lack of awareness about how persons of varied dermis think and feel.

    Punitive reaction only perpetuates the problem. Fear is of the unknown. Knowledge and awareness are power. Learning to have greater awareness, compassion, and empathy is the long term solution. See the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence at YCEI dot ORG.

  3. Our dna is exactly the same; 100%. Scientists mapped the human genome in the late 90s. They determined there is ZERO genetic difference based upon ethnicity. None. Zero. Zip. Still, we now live in a country where an extremist faction don’t accept Science-based facts.

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