The recent killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has brought to the surface persistent issues of systemic racism and police brutality. Floyd’s death sparked protests, both peaceful and otherwise, nationwide, and Raleigh has been no different, with demonstrations downtown over the past several days.
The Hurricanes released a statement from the team’s Twitter account Monday evening condemning racism in our society, and highlighting the need for change.
Former Hurricanes goalie Kevin Weekes Tweeted Sunday about his own encounters with racism in the game of hockey and in everyday life:
Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin also posted a powerful message on his Instagram story, speaking through his faith against racism and putting out a call to action for change in our society.
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These aren’t my own words but they come from a good friend of mine, and I know it’s a lot to read but take the time to read it. My wife and I hate that it took having a black daughter to open our eyes to the racism and injustices that go on in our world and our country. We especially hate that it went on in our own hearts, but it did. We are by no means perfect and are not claiming to know everything, but we are committed to continuing to learn and stand with People of Color in fighting against those injustices to make our world a safer and better place. Reconciliation through Christ. Furthering His Kingdom. All for the glory of God. I’ll put a link in my bio for a website to take a simple action step. Again, not my words but the Spirit led words of @daniel_molenaar