Pro Hockey Players Speak Out About Racism In Sport, And George Floyd
Racism exists in sport, in particular in hockey.
Racism exists in Canada, and it exists in the United States. In the aftermath following the horrific and senseless murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police officers, professional athletes are speaking out.
This is what Blake Wheeler, a star with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, who was born in Minnesota had to say on social media:
I needed to say something in my own words. pic.twitter.com/VpkidaMjbX
— Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) May 31, 2020
San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture also got directly to the point, supporting statements by Evander Kane and Akim Aliu:
My thoughts. Sorry if this offends anyone. All love ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9BbktIrxqd
— Logan Couture (@Logancouture) May 30, 2020
Evander Kane and Akim Aliu have been strong advocates and voices on social injustice, racism in sport, and more recently on the murder of George Floyd by white police officers.
We’re all hurting, centuries of racism and oppression spilling into the streets. Our voices suppressed far too long, now violence seen as our only ally. The voices of ALL must be heard, this fight belongs to EVERYONE. Stop the hate, stop the MURDERING. History will not forget.
— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) May 29, 2020