UNITED AGAINST RACISM
U.S. Soccer affirms Black Lives Matter, and we support the fight against racial injustices.
U.S. Soccer Board of Directors voted to repeal Policy 604-1, which required our players to stand during the national anthem. The policy was put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in solidarity with the peaceful protest inspired by Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality, and the systematic oppression of Black people and people of color in America. It has become clear that this policy was wrong and detracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter.
We have not done enough to listen – especially to our players – to understand and acknowledge the very real and meaningful experiences of Black and other minority communities in our country. We apologize to our players – especially our Black players – staff, fans, and all who support eradicating racism. Sports are a powerful platform for good, and we have not used our platform as effectively as we should have. We can do more on these specific issues and we will.
It should be, and will be going forward, up to our players to determine how they can best use their platforms to fight all forms of racism, discrimination, and inequality. We are here for our players and are ready to support them in elevating their efforts to achieve social justice. We cannot change the past, but we can make a difference in the future. We are committed to this change effort, and we will be implementing supporting actions in the near future.
To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on to long feels good!!! We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard! #justiceforgeorgefloyd #saynotoracism pic.twitter.com/TRB1AGm0Qx— Weston McKennie (@WMckennie) May 30, 2020
I am overwhelmed by the collective suffering of my people. And yet, I am inspired by the collective action in fighting for change. This revolution is not about what you say or post today. It is about the inner work you do today and everyday to fuel a lifetime of activism. The work starts from within. “Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance. Accept that we are all equal. We need social and economic justice, health, well-being, and peace for all.” - Deepak Chopra To the black women, men, and children leading us right now, Thank You! Take care of yourselves, too, as we need the best you to be here tomorrow to carry us in the long, hard fight towards freedom. Change will come. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽 Get off our necks. We can’t breathe. No justice. No Peace. Black Lives Matter.
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As an African American who day in and day out is proud to represent America in the worlds game, I’m saddened and frustrated. Collectively our voices will bring justice for these crimes. Enough is enough. Black lives Matter. Black lives inspire. Justice for Floyd. Forever one nation, one team. On and off the field.
I AM SO TIRED OF THE RACISM THAT EXISTS IN THIS COUNTRY, THE POLICE BRUTALITY, THE INJUSTICE THAT LIVES IN OUR SYSTEMS AND GOVERNMENT. I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED WHAT MANY OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAVE HAD TO GO THROUGH BUT I STAND WITH ALL OF YOU. #EnoughIsEnough #WeAreAllEqual— Paul Arriola (@PaulArriola) June 5, 2020
I'll say it AGAIN this is not a NEW issue. "How can I help?" Here's a start: 1. 👂🏻 Listen!! 2. 👀 SEE COLOR to see our struggle. 3. 🤲🏻 Recognize and CHALLENGE your own privilege 4. 📚 Research, understand and acknowledge the history and presence of racism and privilege 5. 🗣 Speak out against Subtle and Obvious racism and privilege. 6. 🤝🏻 Donate! Your time and/or money to organizations advancing the mission of equality. #Repost @afranch23 --- The situation surrounding our game friday night is not a NEW issue, nor is it a first for me. RACISM is NOT okay in any form!! We as a HUMAN RACE can be better and should be better. We as a SPORT can help show the way. #blacklivesmatter #black