New England Patriots

Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots running back James White (28) during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff

Patriots running back James White made a statement through his Instagram page on Friday, sharing his perspective on the unrest that has erupted across the United States in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

You can read the full statement below:

“As a black person in America all we ask is to be treated justly. We breathe and bleed the same way as everyone else. When we say “black lives matter” it is to raise awareness for the unjust treatment that we have been dealing with for far too long. It doesn’t mean we hate America or the flag, it also doesn’t mean we are more important than any other race. Of course ALL lives matter.

We simply want to see changes because we can’t keep seeing things like innocent people being killed or beaten by the police or even being racially profiled by fellow Americans( just to name a few). We don’t want to be “feared “or seen as a “threat”. We want young black kids to feel like they matter in our society and that they don’t have to feel inferior because the color of their skin. We have to make a change! We all can make a difference! #blacklivesmatter #nojusticenopeace”

According to Mike Giardi of the NFL Network, the Patriots have been holding “open conversations about recent events” that included Bill Belichick and players. Giardi said he was told the conversations “were eye opening to all corners of the locker room.”

The Kraft family recently announced through the Patriots’ Twitter account that they are donating $1 million in a series of 10 donations to various local grassroots organizations. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore has also been a public-facing voice among the Patriots, appearing in a viral video with other African-American NFL stars.

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