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This week has been a tough one in America, as protests have erupted across the nation following the murders of Ahmad Aubery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. The three cases are just the most recent and highly publicized acts of violence and racial injustice against the African-American community by police officers, which is a trend that has carried on for over a century.
Just as many other high-profile athletes across the country have reacted and spoken out via Twitter against racial injustices amidst these three incidents and the protests that have followed, members of the lacrosse community have also spoken up.
Here are some of the most prominent examples:
Thus far, no message has been as strong or powerful as that coming from Redwoods LC attackman Jules Heningburg, who penned a beautiful and powerful letter titled “Standing At The Crossroads” about racial identity.
— Jules Heningburg (@Julesheningburg) May 30, 2020
In addition to the letter from Heningburg, Redwoods LC midfielder Kyle Harrison, who is has been one of the most high-profile African-American lacrosse players for multiple decades, has put out his thoughts multiple times this past week.
Still organizing my thoughts, but I’m mostly just sad & scared. Scared for my kids, my nephew, my sisters & brothers. Like most black people, the #AmyCooper video kept me up most nights this week. That’s all it takes 4 a situation to escalate & she knew exactly what she was doing
— Kyle Harrison (@KyleHarrison18) May 30, 2020
PLL Co-Founder and Atlas LC midfielder Paul Rabil has spoken out about how he and other non-minorities can better understand racial injustices in this country and contribute to fixing the problem. He also posted a video on Twitter of a conversation he had with Kyle Harrison on the same topic.
Spent the morning with my friend and leader @KyleHarrison18. Listen to Harry. Understand his pain and the pain experienced by Black people everywhere. Now take action as he says. pic.twitter.com/nglWvgp6Wf
— Paul Rabil (@PaulRabil) May 30, 2020
Whipsnakes LC midfielder Ty Warner posted a powerful message on Saturday afternoon.
1)Please make sure y’all are taking care of your mental health during this time. Collectively, we’ve felt & will continue to feel outraged, saddened, exhausted & hopeless (among many other emotions), as we try to find ways to overcome a system that is inherently racist..
— Ty. (@_TyWarner5) May 30, 2020
Archers LC defenseman Scott Ratliff posted a message via Twitter about having the courage to speak up and important it is to see things from a different perspective than your own.
We need leaders with courage.
The courage to speak up and seek out perspectives different than our own, and to be apart of a solution regardless of our role in the problem.
Just because we stand for something, doesn’t mean we stand against something else.
— Scott Ratliff (@Srat2) May 27, 2020
Lacrosse social media personality Mikey Diggs (@diggstape) has changed his Twitter name to listen to black people and has spoken up multiple times about social justice issues in America, including this message in this Tweet.
If you say nothing about the murder but complain about riots destroying replaceable brick and mortar, we know whose side you’re on. https://t.co/Kxen2EKOPM
— listen to black people please (@diggstape) May 30, 2020
Former Syracuse star Jovan Miller has put out a string of tweets over the past week that addresses some of the recent events of racial injustice in American and how to speak up about these issues.
Since Racism is a touchy subject for some people, let me give you a different take so you can understand a little better..
— Jovan Miller (@JoviNation23) May 27, 2020
If you benefit from something another person of a different race does not, and you say nothing, you are NOT a part of the solution…YOU, my friend, are not a part of the problem; YOU are the PROBLEM…
— Jovan Miller (@JoviNation23) May 29, 2020
Stony Brook women’s head coach Joe Spalinna and former pro player and Faceoff Academy founder have also been outspoken about the recent events this past week.
What happened in Minneapolis is sickening. Kids are not born into this world racists!Long Term change we all crave is raising kids to LOVE not HATE set the example WE are all part of the change -Can’t control action of others but control your actions & your reaction to others🙏🏻
— Joe Spallina (@JoeSpallina) May 30, 2020
Plenty of Folks who were outspoken and outraged on this platform about Kap kneeling. You’re awfully quiet today. You know who you are.
— Greg Gurenlian (@GregBeast32) May 27, 2020