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Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts Condemns Racial Injustice

The lead coach on Portland’s bench speaks out against ongoing discrimination, calls for change.

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Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts has issued a statement about ongoing racial injustice in the United States, urging individuals and communities to seek out change. The statement was released through the Trail Blazers Twitter account.

Here are the text and the tweet:

I am not black. I cannot pretend to know what it means to be black in the United States of America. I support and appreciate our police. We need our police to protect and serve. I cannot pretend to know what it means to be a police officer in the United States of America. What I do know is that we have endemic racial injustice in our country. We have had racial injustice since the birth of our nation. Is the racial injustice in our country the same as it was in 1600’s, 1700’s, 1800’s, 1900’s? No. Still... Racial injustice certainly exists on many levels in our country and we can neither turn a blind eye nor a deaf ear to that fact. Every American, regardless of one’s ethnicity, should feel the pain of this injustice. Every American should accept responsibility for this injustice. Yet, it has become clear to me, this responsibility falls mostly on white Americans. That is difficult for many of us to understand and accept. We need to affect [sic] change. That change will not happen immediately BUT we must try to affect that change immediately. I urge EVERYONE to seek out ways we, as a people, can be better. More importantly, I urge EVERYONE to be introspective and seek out ways we can be better individually. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It can happen if we want it to happen. We must.

The United States has experienced unrest and protest since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers earlier this week. Several professional sports figures have released statements or given interviews during these events. The Blazers released a statement on behalf of players and the organization on Saturday.