Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says Black people absolutely deserve to have better rights and feel safe in the United States society. Following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, who was shot seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Black athletes across the nation came out and called for social justice.
The Seahawks were one of the franchises that wanted to hear from their Black players and see how could they help them in their goal of living in a better America. "Black people can't scream anymore," Carroll said, per ESPN.
"They can't march anymore, they can't bare their souls anymore to what they've lived with for hundreds of years because white guys came over from Europe and started a new country with a great idea and great ideals and wrote down great writings and laws and all of that, about democracy and freedom and equality for all, and ...
that's not what happened because we went down this other road here. "We followed economics and rich white guys making money, and they put together [a] system of slavery, and we've never left it, really. It's never gone away.
The really amazing thing I've learned is Black people know the truth. They know exactly what's going on. It's white people that don't know. And it's not that they're not telling us. They've been telling us.
We know what's right and what's wrong. We just have not been open to listen to it."
Carroll says Black athletes are 'living scared to death'
Last Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 against the Orlando Magic following the shooting of Blake.
Soon the rest of the games for the day were canceled. NBA players were stressed out following another shooting of a Black man and they even contemplated to boycott the rest of the season. "There's no question what's happened," he said.
"They're living scared to death. And it never was OK; just now that we see so vividly what's going on, we have to get it stopped now. I hope somebody's listening, because we have to create the change and we've got to be the change to get that done.
Coaches, let's let us be the ones. Lead in your communities. We're in communities everywhere across this country, we're all over the place in all the different sports. Hear me. Let's go. Let's get this done."