Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is using his platform to take a major stand for George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by Minnesota police last week, and whose death has sparked nationwide protests, riots, and looting.
In a four-page Instagram post, Prescott announced Wednesday that he’s pledging $1 million “to improve police training and address systematic racism through education and advocacy.”
As a black multiracial American, I am disgusted and unsettled! As our communities take action, protesting and fighting for the justice of George Floyd and every black life, I am with you! I have viewed these protests and riots in our streets as a form of strength and an attempt to show we as Black people have rights that aren’t perceived equally as our counterparts. These riots have caused consternation and confusion in an already crisis-driven world.
I do not believe in looting or that violence is the answer. I have personally struggled, along with our country, since the coronavirus pandemic began. Anxiety became something I had to understand and battle with as I searched to find a purpose without the game of football around. I wanted to help, make a change, be a part of something that fixed the pandemic. During that search, I lost an idol, my brother. He and I shared the same mission: Find a bigger purpose!
As I process the passing of my brother, I have come to realize we are not given a voice to pronounce how much we matter. It is our obligation to tell our neighbor how much they matter to us and take a stand for the greater good of each other.
Black lives matter! We must commit to hold ourselves and our communities accountable! We must teach one another about our differences. We must embrace the different colors, cultures, and ways of life. To be multi-racial is beautiful and that is what this country is!
To the men and women that police our streets, I have the utmost respect for those of you with a passion for protecting and serving our communities. When you chose to wear a badge of a police officer, you pledged to PROTECT life and property through the enforcement of our laws and regulations. How can you claim to uphold the law when those within your ranks don’t abide by it? You need to hold your own accountable! Each of you are as guilty as the men who stood beside Derek Chauvin if you do not stand up against the systemic racism plaguing our police forces nationwide. Take action!
As long as cops continue to profile blacks as a threat, cops will continue to be perceived as untrustworthy. You have to change yourself before you can ask anyone else to change!
I stand to make a change!
I stand to see our country as a whole!
I stand to make our country equal!
I stand to help our streets and communities trust one another!
I stand for black lives!
I stand for love!
I will take action and help! I will act alongside all of you!
We will clean our streets and our communities not only of the looting and violence, but most importantly the racism, racial-profiling, and hate!
I plan to take action and pledge $1,000,000 to improve police training and address systematic racism through education and advocacy in our country.
The donation from Dak is significant considering the two-time Pro Bowl passer earned “just” $2.025 million in base salary in 2019, the final year of his rookie contract with the Cowboys.
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