A video of Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski expressing support for Black Lives Matter was posted Friday on all social media platforms.
“Black lives matter. Say it,” Krzyzewski said at the start of the near three-minute video. “Black lives matter. We should be saying it everyday.
“It’s not political. This is not a political statement. It’s a human rights statement. It’s a fairness statement.”
Krzyzewski goes on to say “I’ve had a chance to see more, to listen more, to think more and to understand at a deeper level. So have you.”
Krzyzewski said “it’s time” for America to address and solve systemic racism.
“We see that,” Krzyzewski said in the video. “And what do we do when we see it? We turn the other way. We don’t solve the problem. The problem will not be solved and no problem is solved unless you acknowledge the problem. Acknowledge it. If you acknowledge it, you have the duty to solve it. We as a country have the duty to solve this problem.”
George Floyd’s death sparked thousands of protests around the country after people were forced to see the harsh reality of how police deal with African-Americans on a daily basis.
“Do we not see the problem?” Krzyzewski asked. “The disease, the plague that has been with our country for four centuries. Do we not see systemic racism and social injustice? C’mon. We all see it. It’s manifested in so many ways: criminal justice, the killings that we have seen and that we haven’t seen, the denial of economic opportunities for our Black community, educational opportunities, health care. It’s manifested in so many ways and has been for four centuries.”