Toronto sports teams are speaking out against racism and anti-Black violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis at the hands of the police.
The Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Football Club posted statements to their social media channels denouncing racism and social injustice. Their words come during a weekend of protests across the US and around the world decrying the latest instance of police brutality against a Black person.
“When we see racism and violence committed against a person because of the colour of their skin, we should, and do, feel outrage,” The Toronto Raptors posted on Instagram.
“Grieving is not enough,” the team continued. “We must honour their memory by acknowledging these ills exist, confronting them, and coming together to create a better society. It is far past time.”
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On Twitter, Toronto FC said it stands against racism.
“As a team with players from around the world, we have a responsibility to create an environment of inclusion to support our fans and our community,” it said. “Racism, hatred, and social injustice are not part of the equation. We will remain unified as we continue to support equality.”
Club Statement from Toronto FC pic.twitter.com/IwTZ5a9u0L
— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) May 31, 2020
Floyd was killed this week when a White police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes, even after Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has now been charged with manslaughter and third-degree murder.