Bryce Harper takes a knee to deliver powerful message amid George Floyd protests
Philadelphia Phillies right fielder and former MLB MVP Bryce Harper is doing his part to protest the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
The 27-year-old star posted a photo of himself down on one knee, which has become a powerful symbol for protesting racial injustices.
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I’ve been trying to come up with words for this post. Trying to write the right things and trying to get my mind and heart wrapped around this. I grew up on the East Side of Las Vegas around many different cultures knowing one thing — My parents taught me to love everyone equally, regardless of the color of their skin, where they came from, young or old. Our Heavenly Father made us this way, as unique individuals, so we would all come together and do everything we could to get back to him one day. To love one another, to build each other up, to root for one another, and to be ONE with each other. I will never know what it is like to be an African American man, woman, or child. The one thing I do know is I will always stand with them and for them. I will always be there when they need me. I will always have their backs, knowing they have always had mine. I will love my brothers and sisters and will teach my son to love all as well. To the Floyd family, and to all the other families that have experienced trauma, loss of life, inequality, racism, and hatred – I am so sorry for that. This world that we live in should have no room for it. We as Americans have to come together and stop this in all walks of life. I will listen, speak up, love, stand, and act for what I believe is right. I will never stop!! I love you all my brothers and sisters! We are ONE!✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
The MLB star also accompanied his photo with a beautiful message about the fight against racism. One of the most striking lines in his statement read how he does not presume to feel the pain of those that are oppressed because of the color of their skin, but that regardless of this, he offers them his full support in whatever way he can:
“I will never know what it is like to be an African American man, woman, or child. The one thing I do know is I will always stand with them and for them,” Bryce Harper wrote.
Harper then sent out a strong message about the need for everyone to get involved. According to six-time MLB All-Star, no one should be spared of having to speak out and stand up for social justice. He also holds himself accountable in this fight.
“We as Americans have to come together and stop this in all walks of life. I will listen, speak up, love, stand, and act for what I believe is right. I will never stop!!”
Harper has sent out an inspiring message here. It is commendable how he is using his celebrity status to fight what he believes is right, and odds are he will be able to influence more than a few folks with his statement.