The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks coach has made a passionate call to end racism in the United States, urging his fellow coaches and players to speak up and use their platform for good.
Pete Carroll, 68, told a press conference on Saturday that a change in attitude was long overdue and denouncing “a system of slavery” that “has never gone away.”
And he said white people need to be “ informed about what’s going on in this world. ”
He said the team decided earlier in the morning to cancel the trials and all register to vote instead.
“Let’s step up,” he said. “No more silence. Don’t be afraid to talk about topics anymore.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave a powerful speech on Saturday
Carroll said it’s important for everyone to take a stand and fight to end racism
– No more, you know, I could lose my job because of that, because I took a stand here. Kiss my ass.
Carroll, who coached the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots before joining the Seahawks in 2010, said this season has an urgency like he’s never felt before, during his 50 years as a coach.
“I want to talk to you about some things that are close to my heart,” he said starting his 15-minute speech.
Carroll praised his players for helping educate him on the reality of racism in the United States
In June, 70 of the team’s 90 players were black, the News Tribune reported.
“Never before has this year been so deep and rich with our players, teaching us about the life of a black man or woman in America,” he said.
“There is less worry, less fear. It has been a process of truth and reality checking.
“This is racism in America that white people don’t know.
“They don’t know enough. And they need to be trained and they need to be informed about what’s going on in this world.
Carroll thanked his players for helping him educate him, in a team where 70 out of 90 are black
The San Francisco-born coach said he was impressed with the resilience of black Americans, who continued to strive for a better future despite all odds.
“Blacks can’t scream anymore,” he said.
“They can no longer walk or they can no longer put their souls at the service of what they have lived with for hundreds of years.
Carroll said the heart of the matter was that “white people came from Europe” with a “great idea” of democracy, freedom and equality for all, but it never materialized.
“That’s not what happened because we took this other path here – following the economy and the rich white people making money,” he said.
“And they set up a system of slavery.
And we never left him, really. He never left.
“And the really amazing thing I learned is that black people know the truth. They know exactly what’s going on. It’s the whites who don’t know.
Seattle Seahawks are pictured on their knees during the national anthem in November
Carroll urged other coaches to use their platforms to be leaders in their community
He said the Americans had “learned a false story” from their county.
“We all know the story was messed up. We all know that. It’s that we really have to learn what’s going on so that we can feel our people, in order to be able to react.
“We all know the problems we need to solve. Ok, so what do we do about this? How do we react to it? How can we help?
Carroll’s players were quick to congratulate their coach for supporting their concerns.
Quarterback Geno Smith tweeted a snippet of the speech, with a target right on target.
Security Jamal Adams tweeted: ‘Many thanks to Coach Pete, [general manager] John Schneider and the entire Seahawks organization for truly hearing us as black athletes, ” Adams tweeted.
“It’s a special place, as I said before, where everyone is ready to learn and understand that bad is bad and good is real.
And Russell Wilson, another quarterback, retweeted Adams’ call for everyone to vote in November.
Seahawks star Jamal Adams tweeted his thanks to Carroll for his heartfelt speech on Saturday
Quarterback Geno Smith simply tweeted a target emoji, showing a bubble