The Vancouver Canucks have released an official statement condemning racism, joining a growing list of pro sports organizations and athletes to have done so in recent days following the killing of George Floyd.
“We stand with all of you who condemn racism, hatred, bigotry and violence,” the Canucks said on their social media platforms Monday afternoon.
“We live in one of the most diverse, multicultural places in the world, yet racism exists here too.
“Be kind and be understanding. We can do better. We are all in this together. We can be a positive force for change.”
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) June 1, 2020
The Canucks also shared the #DifferentTogether pledge, which has been circulating around social media recently, appearing to nominate other local pro teams in the Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions, and Vancouver Canadians, as well as the other pro teams owned by Canucks Sports and Entertainment: Vancouver Warriors, Vancouver Titans, and Seattle Surge.
Defenceman Troy Stecher is the first Canucks player to release his own detailed message opposing racism.
— Troy Stecher (@troystecher) June 1, 2020
“I’m not a professor, I’m not a scientist and I never finished college as I turned pro,” said the Richmond native. “Regardless, I know the difference between what’s right and wrong.
“I’ve contemplated [not] saying anything at all but that’s part of the problem right there. I will never fully understand due to the colour of my skin but I do know there needs to be change. I don’t have the answers but uniting and standing as one to voice our frustration and sadness peacefully is moving and powerful.
“We must listen and we must learn. There’s no place for racism.”