So far 2020 has been a roller coaster year, with nearly every facet of daily life having been flipped upside down by a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. That has created an economic situation in which tens of millions have lost their employment, with a not insignificant number of people across the country facing the prospect of eviction and possibly losing their homes.
The pandemic occupied the spring, and then the death of George Floyd on May 25th at the hands of police set off a firestorm of protests across the country and discussions about systemic racism in the United States. That may have been the spark that started the discussion, but it’s continued all summer and grew more intense recently following the Jacob Blake shooting, which led directly to the cancellation of postseason NBA games as players refused to play.
Saturday, the members of the Seattle Seahawks decided not to practice.
#Seahawks players had a lengthy, 90+ -minute meeting outside on the berm. At it, among many other issues, they decided not to practice.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 29, 2020
Those who aren't yet registered to vote are doing that right now.
The #Seahawks have canceled practice today. https://t.co/Y2nRryXUqD— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 29, 2020
Chris Carson, Tre Flowers and Jarran Reed had been scheduled to speak to the media Saturday, but those were cancelled and replaced with an appearance by Pete Carroll. Carroll delivered a powerful message on what he believes needs to be done in order to address the systemic racism that exists in the country today.
"White people don't know enough about racism,'' Carroll says....— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 29, 2020
Pete Carroll, " White people don't get it. The Black men and women can't scream no more. We have not been open."#Seahawks— MazvitaMaraire (@MazvitaMaraire) August 29, 2020
Pete Carroll: “Black people know the truth. They know exactly what is going on. White people don’t know.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 29, 2020
“This is a white-people issue to get over...maybe there’s a new door to walk through, to do what’s right. And what’s right is to treat people equally.” #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/8buceNsyB3
Pete Carroll:— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) August 29, 2020
"Racism is going out the door. It's gotta be gone. We've got to figure out a way to make that happen."
Carroll: This is a humanity issue. Our players are screaming at us: Can you hear me, can you feel me? They just want to be accepted like our white families want to be. It's no different - because we're all the same.— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) August 29, 2020
Carroll then went on to discuss the need to participate in the electoral process and explained that by the end of today every Seahawks player will be registered to vote.
Carroll says all Seahawks players will be registered to vote as of today. Says there is 60 days to make a commitment to get everyone to vote.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 29, 2020
Pete Carroll calls on Americans for a “sixty days to march, a commitment to vote” nationally Nov. 3.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 29, 2020
Extraordinary press conference from an NFL coach right now. #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/0QVEx9cCIo
Fans who wish to listen to what Carroll had to say may do so below (link should cue up to the start of Carroll speaking, though if it does not fast forward to the 1:41:30 mark).
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