Kraft family: “Our country needs deep healing”

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The family that owns the most successful NFL franchise of the past 20 years has issued a powerful statement regarding ongoing social unrest, which serves as both a message and a commitment to act in furtherance of change.

“Over the last several days, we have tried to listen, learn and reflect,” the Kraft family, which owns the New England Patriots, said in a statement. “We have been at a loss for the appropriate words, perhaps because there are none to adequately describe the horrific incidents of the last few weeks. It is impossible for us to comprehend what happened to George Floyd or the pain his family must be feeling, a pain that resonates with so many others who have lost loved ones in similar brutalities that were not captured on video for the rest of the world to see. We cannot begin to understand the frustration and fear members of our black community have faced for generations. Recent events have shined a light on a topic that demands much more attention.

“Our country needs deep healing. We don’t have the answers, but we do know that we want to be part of the change. As leaders in the New England community, we must speak up.

“Here is where out family, and our organization stands: We are horrified by the acts of racism we’ve witnessed. We are heartbroken for the families who have lost loved ones, and we are devastated for our communities of color, who are sad, who are exhausted, who are suffering. We know that none of the sadness, exhaustion or suffering is new. We know it is systemic. Our eyes, ears, and hearts are open.

“Our family has a long history of supporting vulnerable people in our communities and advocating for equality. But past efforts don’t mean anything until we all stand on equal footing in America, so we must act in the present, and not simply rely on what we’ve done in the past. There remains much work to be done. We will not rest on statements, because words without actions are void. Rather, we will work harder than ever before — through our philanthropy, community engagement, advocacy and support the work of our players — to build bridges, to promote equality, to stand up for what’s right and to value ALL people.”

Amen to all of that. We appreciate the clarity of the conviction, and we can’t wait to see what Robert Kraft (left), Jonathan Kraft, and the rest of the family will do moving forward, since it will inspire so many others (including us) to take action aimed at solving this problem once and for all.

18 responses to “Kraft family: “Our country needs deep healing”

  1. Our country needs Deep Cleaning! From the top through the bottom. Every US city needs to reevaluate and reinterview Every cop that is already hired to Every cop looking to become one. Back ground checks more intensive going back generations Not just immediate family. Look for the or a common hate trait. Then make a ZERO rule policy on racism on the job of being an officer. Make it MANDATORY that at ALL times body cams will be worn and ON at ALL times! Having a body cam turned off at ANY time will result in being FIRED! If you have nothing to hide then this should not be a problem.
    We didnt come from monkeys, evolution? No we are ONE race HUMAN race. We have different traits, but we are still a single race.

  2. No healing the country/world until you change human nature.

    Don’t think you can change it.

  3. I come here to talk about and read story’s about the NFl. Could care less about the political world that I am trying to get away from for a few minutes each day.

  4. Until BOTH sides are willing to change, there will be no meaningful change. The looting/rioting/assaulting/killing of civilians/police officers diminishes the message that protesters are trying to send. They need to start accepting responsibility for that.

  5. No one chose to be who they are but God. Honor the creator who created us equal and loved us, and He says let us love one another. God is love. 1 John 4:7-8. 1 Corinthians 13:2-4, without love we’re nothing. Love is the number one thing in life.

  6. There is no magic pill. This is not the Matrix!

    Decades of disinvestment in education have produced generation upon generation of misguided people, regardless of creed or skin color!

    Valuing futility, abusrdity and ridiculousness does have a cost. Why on earth would a guy like Ronaldo by tweeting ‘Great game guys…go Juve!’ make over 900000 USD!!! In what normal world does this remotely make any sort of sense..and no, I really could not care less for what he or anyone else had for breakfast today!!!

    We have a sick population..fueled by a food system that promotes chronic disease. A food system that between production and consumption generates 40% waste..but Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are what’s important!!!

    Facebook which uses their techonology to pit us against each other.

    Social Media who believe they have the power and authority to decide what is publishable or not…censorship, unregulated censorship.. unbelievable censorship…and we all sit idly by and let it continue!

    There is no magic pill but our individual choice does matter. I don’t use Social Media at all…I choose to support small, local farmers, I choose to not relate at all with anyone that jokes about somebody’s skin color or religion or sexual orientation. We all have a choice and it will determine the future of this planet like never before in history.

  7. Great comments by Kraft and two of three great comments here (sorry rodgerstonelson, if you don’t like it you knew what the headline was before you read it).

    I do not believe you cannot change human nature – but that is the real problem. You can’t screen out racism, nor can you legislate it away. You have to change hearts. The only way you can do that is to experience it from someone else’s perspective, which for the most part we are unwilling to do until it affects our world.

    But now it does because it is all over the place. You don’t have to be a saint to realize what is happening right now is wrong, and precisely because it is everywhere it is now all of our problem. The idea is to stop condoning it with silence. In your words or deeds. Be a voice, not an echo.

    Or at least don’t try to wish it away.

  8. Hard to have unity when everything divides us race, religion,tax brackets,sports teams etc but the usa is the best thing going they give us all freedom to live how we choose to.

  9. Decades of disinvestment in education have produced generation upon generation of misguided people, regardless of creed or skin color!
    —————–
    HA! We spend more on “education” than any country in the world and produce “generation upon generation” of fools with no grasp of basic science, mathematics, natural or political history. The answer is always more money and government, never parenting and personal responsibility.

  10. Until BOTH sides are willing to change, there will be no meaningful change. The looting/rioting/assaulting/killing of civilians/police officers diminishes the message that protesters are trying to send.

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    Reminds me of my wife on a bad day will pick and pick and pick and finally after a long time of her being grumpy I will say something rude back and all of a sudden what I just said in response to all that picking becomes the major issue and it is now all my fault.

    What’s happening on the street is an angry response to something.

  11. Not sure about the healing comment — more systemic change is needed. If there isn’t some change then everyone will just have to keep healing over and over again after each incident.

  12. Oh, now it’s the “Kraft family” speaking out.

    The senility has finally taken hold and Bob is no longer the spokesperson. It’s about time.
    Anyone who would cave in to Goodell and frequent strip mall brothels when you have the means to buy your own harem isn’t dealing with a full deck

  13. The Patriots can make a statement here. Send their new kicker packing and find someone else.

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