Colts owner Jim Irsay powerfully came out against “All Lives Matter.”
The national uproar in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake has continued over a week after he was shot numerous times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, leaving him paralyzed.
The subsequent protests extended to the sports world, as all of the NBA, MLB, MLS and NHL postponed games in the name of condemning social injustice and police brutality. This unified stand unfortunately prompted certain individuals to respond to the “Black Lives Matter” movement by, in tone deaf fashion, denouncing that campaign while pronouncing that “all lives matter.”
As it pertains to the NFL, numerous coaches and owners have issued powerful statements in response to this ongoing debate. Several teams around the league even canceled practices to show their association.
Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter this week in support of his tea to assert that using the latter phrase completely misses the point.
These sort of analogies have been regurgitated countless times in the last several months, and it’s really saddening that their usage is still required. However, that doesn’t at all take away from Irsay‘s moving statement.
By endorsing the BLM campaign, you aren’t implying that only black lives matter. Everybody’s life should be valued, and right now, that just isn’t the case in the case in the black community, particularly during altercations with police officers. Supporting BLM means you detest all forms of racism, whether it be social injustice or police brutality.
We normally refrain from getting political on here, but, as mentioned earlier, this issue very much relates to the sports world right now. Irsay doesn’t always say the right things behind a microphone or on social media, but this post was the definition of spot on.
Colts fans should be proud of the 61-year-old owner today.