Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drove down to Atlanta, Saturday, to join in protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
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“Being a celebrity, being an NBA player doesn’t exclude me from no conversation at all. First and foremost I’m a black man and I grew up on this soil,” he says in a video posted from Atlanta. “We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing. It’s not ok.”
“Being a bystander is no longer acceptable,” Brown said. “If you and your friends are around or are witnesses to cultural biases, micro-aggressions, subtle acts of racism, actual racism etc. and you don’t speak up on it or do something about it, you are part of the problem. We’re past the point where if it’s not in your governance space so you have nothing to do with it. If you don’t speak up on these issues, you just as bad.”
George Floyd died on May 25, after police officer Derek Chauvin planted his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. In video of the incident, Floyd can be heard saying “I can’t breathe.” Chauvin has been arrested on charges of murder in the third degree and manslaughter.