MLB Players and Managers React to George Floyd's Death
MLB players and managers tweeted their solidarity in the fight against police brutality and racism in response to the death of George Floyd.
Major League Baseball players and managers are now part of the immense number of citizens protesting the senseless death of George Floyd. Last week, social media saw an influx of tweets condemning the widespread racism that has been plaguing the US.
A JOINT PLEA FOR CHANGE
Floyd’s death following his fatal arrest on May 25 brought upon a series of protests that have been escalating to nationwide unrest and violence in recent days. Thus, more and more citizens have been doing their part to shed light on the growing need to stop racism in the country.
Floyd was pleading for his life while being restrained by policeman, Derek Chauvin who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes to prevent him from moving.
I feel for #GeorgeFloyd. He should be alive. I dont want pity, I want change.— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) May 27, 2020
Among those who expressed their views are people from the baseball community. This includes the likes of Philadelphia Phillies outfielder, Andrew McCutchen, San Diego Padres outfielder, Taylor Trammell, St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder, Dexter Fowler, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, Trevor Williams, designated hitter of the New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton, and New York Mets pitcher, Marcus Stroman.
Don’t worry what your friends or family will think. Don’t worry what clients you may lose or how you are viewed by other people. Take a stand and call it for what it is.. #GeorgeFloydWasMurdered in broad daylight. He couldn’t breathe.— Taylor Trammell (@Taytram24) May 29, 2020
McCutchen rallied for change while Trammell urged his followers to take a stand. Fowler’s lengthy message spoke of the lack of grasp of what Black people have been going through and the terrors they have to live with.
“We don’t hold the privilege of being a criminal, making a mistake, or simply taking a jog, the same as a white man, and being treated the same,” his message read in part.
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Here’s the thing. I know it’s hard to fully grasp why black people are outraged. It’s hard to grasp unless you’ve seen people hold their purses tighter when you walk by, when you have people refer to you as “not black” when you’re not “ghetto”. When your parents have to give you a talk when you’re just a kid. “you can’t act like your white friends. you’ll get killed. they won’t” This is a generational discussion EVERY black family has. It terrifies you as a kid, and as an adult. You don’t understand why we know, those officers didn’t flinch at murdering that man, because he is black. The race card. We hold it. You tell us “it’s not about race” if we ever hold you to it. You don’t want us to have even that 1 bone chilling “privilege” of defense. You don’t want us to hold any privilege. We don’t hold the privilege of being a criminal, making a mistake, or simply taking a jog, the same as a white man, and being treated the same. He couldn’t breathe. He was murdered. They were gently fired from their jobs. This isn’t right. This can’t go on. (if you assume “you”, is you, and you’re upset about the generalization...... just think about that for a second)
Meanwhile, Wiliams addressed his Black friends and teammates and expressed his solidarity with them. On the other hand, Stanton wrote, “enough is enough” and encouraged his followers to be part of the change.
Stroman condemned racism for creating destruction in the country. He encouraged people to look within and be part of the solution.
To my black friends, teammates, colleagues, and all affected by racism: I see you. I hear you. I stand beside you. pic.twitter.com/N44JgieZ9T— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) May 30, 2020
Apart from these players and several others, MLB managers have also stepped up to fight the cause. Among them was San Francisco Giants manager Gave Kapler who stressed the importance of being an antiracist.
Minnesota Twins manager, Rocco Baldelli posted the message, "George Floyd should be breathing right now," urging others to remember the late man and what happened to him.
Racism is engrained in our society/culture and the world seems incapable of change. To change the world we must begin with ourselves. Truly look in the mirror and identify if you’re part of the problem or the solution. Your true colors will always be revealed!— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 30, 2020
FLOYD'S SENSELESS DEATH
Floyd was pleading for his life while being restrained by Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes to prevent him from moving.
With the arrest caught on video, Floyd was seen and heard saying he couldn’t breathe just moments before he passed out and died.
I believe the word antiracist is important. I believe hearing the words from people who have experienced racism and its effects are important. And I believe action is important. https://t.co/bFwqr0eTfb— gabe kapler (@gabekapler) May 29, 2020
THE CHAOS IN THE AFTERMATH
Chauvin and three other officers involved in the arrest were fired. But this didn’t keep people from going out in the streets to protest Floyd’s death and demand the officers to be charged.
As of this writing, the widespread protests which are on its sixth day have escalated and turned into riots resulting in fires, looting, and vandalism.
Amid protests Friday night, President Trump was taken to the White House underground bunker for a little under an hour, according to a White House official and a law enforcement source. CNN's @MarquardtA reports. https://t.co/Tdu2joLPFd pic.twitter.com/FBWXpoATGJ— CNN (@CNN) June 1, 2020
According to CNN, at least 40 cities have imposed a curfew and members of the National Guard have been roving the streets of 15 states including Washington DC.