Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito mentioned in a press release on social media that “it’s time to do better” amid the nationwide protests in wake of George Floyd’s officer-involved demise in Minneapolis.
Giolito mentioned it’s “way overdue” to do higher.
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“I don’t know what it is to grow up black in the USA because it was not my experience,” Giolito tweeted. “I do know that my mother and father by no means had to fear about me being pulled over and perhaps by no means making it house.
“It is time to do higher. It is time for true equality and justice for all People. Actually, it is means overdue. Cease turning a blind eye, cease refusing to speak about it as a result of it is ‘uncomfortable.’ Complacency will solely permit the scourge of racism to survive. It has been 400 years. Sufficient is sufficient.
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“Black men and women like Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor will continue to die on the streets and in their homes if we don’t stand alongside of them, echoing their voices loud and clear and demand real change and accountability. … Please join me and let your voice be heard.”
Giolito is getting into his fifth season within the majors, his fourth with the White Sox. He had a 3.41 ERA with 228 strikeouts in 2019.
He joined New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso in talking out on the protests and racism typically.
“For the past couple of days, I’ve struggled to wrap my mind around what’s happening,” Alonso posted on Instagram. “I’ve a voice and I cannot stay silent. My coronary heart has been damaged over the homicide of George Floyd.
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“I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because the color of my skin. To anyone who faces this type of discrimination, I will fight for you and be an ally. I will always stand with you. There needs to be justice and change made for the better of humanity. Let words be our sword and unity be our armor. Take care of each other,” he added.
The Related Press contributed to this report.