Jeffrey Lurie: We have battled a relentless social pandemic our entire history

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie asked coach Doug Pederson to speak during a virtual team meeting Monday, Tim McManus of ESPN reports. Lurie opened a discussion on the events of the past week following George Floyd’s death.

Lurie said the Eagles are an extended family expected to deal with things together. Receiver DeSean Jackson, quarterback Carson Wentz and tight end Zach Ertz were among players who spoke.

Lurie then released a statement Tuesday.

“I have spent a great deal of time over the last few days reflecting,” Lurie wrote. “Listening to my own heart; listening to others. At times, I have too many words. At times, I have no words. But silence is not an option.

“I am heartbroken and repulsed. There are no words strong enough to describe the horrific deaths and injustices that the black community continues to endure.

“We as a human race are valiantly struggling in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Here in our country, we have been battling a relentless social pandemic for our entire history.

“Systemic racism, discrimination, violence and oppression of minorities, it has been our past, and it is our present. It remains who we are. We need to be honest with ourselves and own that.

“We are all part of the solution. It starts with us. We need to look inward and open our hearts. We need to ask ourselves and others, what can we do to help?

“Our hearts give us the capacity to have compassion, empathy, humility, tolerance, love and caring for others who may look or sound different from us. That’s what makes us fully human: the capacity to listen. Support one another. And then listen some more.

“Many of us, myself included, cannot truly understand the burden of a weight we have never had to carry through life. We must at least try, as best we can, to imagine ourselves as the person who is hurting, neglected and oppressed.

“It is our shared responsibility to address the pain and combat systemic racism. There is so much we can all do to improve our unequal system of justice, our schools and our communities. This is a time for leadership. A time for us to be united in action.

“I am both encouraged and inspired listening to our players and so many others who are dedicated to coming together as people who embrace our shared humanity. We must all continue to have these discussions and turn them into concrete action in order to help foster lasting social change. In the coming days, weeks, months and years, I am dedicated to engaging in dialogue with community leaders, committing our resources to support organizations working on reform, and using our platform to play an active role in the change we must achieve.

“By working together, the power resides in all of us to choose less hate and more love, with open hearts every day of our lives.”

6 responses to “Jeffrey Lurie: We have battled a relentless social pandemic our entire history

  1. Yeah, Philthy owner. One of my relatives paid the ultimate price so that the sisterhood of perpetual victims could be freed. Does his death not matter? Constant whining.

  2. As each team puts out another statement, the words mean less and less. This is nothing that needs to be addressed by sports leagues. They are already the solution and not the problem.

  3. Sorry, but this will never change. Love or not for this country and way of life but this country was and always has been built on the blood of others. Whether Capitalism, Communism or Monarchy/Divine Right, the wealthy/privileged will always dictate to the poor/disadvantaged …

  4. I can handle the down votes, its a difficult subject and many INDIVIDUALS have achieved the American Dream, but considering my mother’s entire family was Cherokee and knowing and hearing from Nashville cops that my dad and other relatives knew when I was younger, some of these cops secretly in the KKK, I heard all I needed to know about systemic rascism …

  5. Some people will never be happy unless they’re unhappy…we want change, we want people acknowledging a problem, we want people looking for answers…here it is happening. I get it…screw the rich, privileged white guy…I get it…but come on, if they say nothing, you get on them, if they say something, you get on them…

  6. Quick question: if you are pulled over tomorrow for… let’s say not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, and have the option to change your skin color before the officer sees you. Would you rather be black or white? Why?

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