It could’ve been me.
That was the sentiment shared by numerous Fil-foreign basketball players in the country.
Monday evening, the likes of Gabe Norwood, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, Joe Devance, Mo Tautuaa, CJ Perez, Chris Newsome, Kelly Nabong, Rashawn McCarthy, Trevis Jackson, Kobe Paras, and Aaron Black posted on their respective social media accounts posts calling for justice for George Floyd.
All of them held up signs with “Could’ve been me” and “Justice for George Floyd” written on it.
“Let’s do our part and speak up against not only racism in the US but the injustices happening around us here in the Philippines as well,” Black’s tweet read. Black is half-American.
“Together we can make a difference.”
“My skin color is white but I am Filipino. This still makes me privileged. I will stand for what is right and be there for my brothers and sisters,” read Paras’ tweet. Paras spent three years in the US studying and playing varsity basketball.
Last Sunday, Filipino-American NBAer Jordan Clarkson joined protests in California.
Last May 25, Floyd died during an operation by the Minneapolis Police. Videos went viral of how he was murdered by a white cop, who knelt on Floyd’s neck until he ran out of breath.
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