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Sport Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski delivers powerful Black Lives Matter message

06:52  27 june  2020
06:52  27 june  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Michael William Krzyzewski (/ʃɪˈʒɛfski/ shih-ZHEF-skee; nicknamed " Coach K "; born February 13, 1947) is a college basketball coach .

Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti- Black racism. Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities. The impetus for that commitment

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski delivered a strong message of support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday, and called on Americans everywhere to finally stand up and fix systemic racism in the country.

Mike Krzyzewski et al. standing in front of a crowd: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski delivered a strong message of support to the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday. (Peyton Williams/UNC/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski delivered a strong message of support to the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday. (Peyton Williams/UNC/Getty Images)

Krzyzewski, in a lengthy video posted to the team’s official Twitter account on Friday, addressed fans directly, calling them out for ignoring racism for four centuries. 

He started the video insisting that the Black Lives Matter movement — something countless prominent figures in the sports world have supported and helped push forward in recent weeks — isn’t a political stance, something some try to make it into. 

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"Black Lives Matter. Say it. Can you say it? Black Lives Matter," Krzyzewski said to start the video. "We should be saying it every day. It's not political. This is not a political statement. It's a human rights statement. It's a fairness statement."

Krzyzewski has been at Duke since 1980, were he’s led the Blue Devils to five national titles and amassed 1,157 wins — the most in college basketball history. 

He is just the latest in the sport to call for change in recent weeks following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody and Breonna Taylor’s in Louisville. Several prominent coaches, per ESPN, have led a charge to make high schools and colleges to require students take a Black history class before graduation. Several schools and conferences have created coalitions or groups designed to combat social injustice, too. 

Alabama players, Nick Saban come together for powerful video speaking out against racism

  Alabama players, Nick Saban come together for powerful video speaking out against racism The Alabama football program released a powerful video Thursday speaking out against racism, embracing diversity and calling for unity. The video includes several of Alabama’s star players and head coach Nick Saban with a script written by offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood. In the video, the players speak about honoring and acknowledging the past while striving to build “a better, more just future.” In the video, the players speak about honoring and acknowledging the past while striving to build “a better, more just future.” “On the field we are relentless. We are strong. We are conquerors. But we are human beings first,” they say.

They believe in their coach , they believe in themselves and believe no matter the situation, the combination of outstanding coaching and elite “Well, I hope that's the case,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “But I don't really believe that. I believe that we just play hard and you stay resilient

“While Defendant Black Lives Matter claims to combat anti- black racism,” the lawsuit said, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, “the movement has in fact incited and committed further violence, severe bodily injury and death against police officers of all races and ethnicities, Jews, and Caucasians.

In his powerful statement, Krzyzewski wondered how people still don’t see the issue with systemic racism. 

It is time to stop choosing the “easier wrong,” he said, and instead choose the “harder right.”

“Do we not see the problem, the disease, the plague that has been with our country for four centuries? Do we not see systemic racism and social injustice?” Krzyzewski said. “Come on, we all see that … It’s manifested in so many ways and has been there for four centuries.”

"We see that. And what we do when we see it? We talk, but we turn the other way. We don't solve the problem. The problem will not be solved and no problem is solved unless you acknowledge the problem. Acknowledge it. If you acknowledge it, you have the duty to solve it. We as a country have the duty to solve this problem.”

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United States: the phrase "Black Lives Matter" painted in front of the Trump Tower in New York .
© REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton - / File Photo Americans paint the phrase "Black Lives Matter" in front of the Trump Tower in New York, July 9, 2020. After Washington, it is New York's turn to challenge the American president. The city has decided to paint the phrase Black Lives Matter in giant letters in front of Trump Tower, the New York home of Donald Trump. An initiative that had angered the president on Twitter.

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