Powerful statement from Jalen Rose.
The ex-NBA star — now a regular on ESPN — went off on “Get Up!” on Friday about the civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd.
Just watch. Here’s the transcript.
“I wish America loved black people just as much as they love black culture.”
“There’s so many times that it gets cherry-picked and it gets piggybacked but only when it’s convenient and sometimes it happens in entertainment and athletics.”
We’re not here designed only to entertain.”
“We’re actually living and breathing human beings that have a multitude of intelligence, work ethic, discipline and talent. We’ve overcome a lot just like so many other races.”
“This didn’t just start happening. You can Google. We’ve been sprayed with water hoses, we’ve been attacked by dogs. We’ve overcome it. I’m old enough to remember ‘I Have a Dream,’ ‘Fight the Power,’ ‘Screw the Police.’ Now it’s ‘I Can’t Breathe.'”
“This is not new and it’s not going to come from just us. We need people who aren’t black. We need people who aren’t brown. When you know these things are happening in your society to have a voice, a legitimate one. Lock and step with us. Protest with us. Post with us. Not just when it’s convenient. When it can be uncomfortable.”
“The image of Colin Kaepernick taking a knee before a football game during the national anthem is the exact same one that we see in Minnesota … when a guy was laying on the ground for over 8 minutes handcuffed with a knee to his neck and was murdered.”
“Let’s start calling these things what they are. These are murderings, these are lynchings. These things have caused pain throughout our society for our community for hundreds for years. We’ve been screaming out for your assistance!!!”