Carson Wentz is not a guy who is known for speaking out on social injustices, but he certainly made an exception after the terrible death of George Floyd.
Much like millions of people around the country, he was greatly affected to see the video of the 46-year-old with a knee on his neck by a cop that ultimately cost him his life.
On Thursday evening, the Philadelphia Eagles QB shared his thoughts on the tragedy and spoke with grace and a sense of self-awareness.
“Been thinking about the George Floyd situation and thinking of the words to say and coming up empty. All I know is that the institutional racism in this country breaks my heart and needs to stop,” Wentz wrote. “Can’t even fathom what the black community has to endure on a daily basis. Being from North Dakota, I’ve spent a large part of my life surrounded by people of similar color, so I’m not gonna act like I know what the black community goes through or even has gone through already. I’ll never know the feeling of having to worry about my kids going outside because of their skin color.”
“However, I do know that we are all equal at the foot of the cross and Jesus taught us to value others’ lives like they are our own — regardless of skin tone,” Wentz continued. “So, this might seem like a ramble — and perhaps it is. I don’t understand the society we live that doesn’t value all human life. It’s heartbreaking and disturbing. My hearts and prayers go out to every man, woman, and child that has to endure the effects of the racism in our society.”
Four Minneapolis police officers have since been fired, but no charges have been announced as protests and riots continue in different cities around the country.