“Yeah, I’ll be kneeling,” said Murray, echoing similar sentiments shared by fellow players Adrian Peterson and Baker Mayfield and Texans coach Bill O’Brien, among others, in recent weeks. “I stand for what’s right and that’s the bottom line. I call it like I see it, and what’s been going on is completely wrong, so I’ll definitely be taking a knee.”
Murray, the typically soft-spoken second-year star, didn’t shy away from questions about racial injustice, racism and the future of racial equality in the country while speaking to reporters on a video call Wednesday.
Murray, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, has embraced his platform as a star black quarterback in the NFL and understands his voice is one that will be listened to. Murray said he doesn’t feel any pressure with that.
“I don’t really care what anybody thinks about me, never have, but I know a lot of people that do,” Murray said. “And for me being a black man in America, if it’s wrong I’m gonna say it’s wrong. I feel like personally, it’s on everybody to hold each other accountable. But more so, for me, if you’re white and you got white friends that feel this certain type of way or don’t understand what’s going on, it’s on you to educate them, as well as black, Hispanic, any other ethnicity.
“If you have any racist friends, it’s on you to stop that immediately and let them know why that’s not right, or what’s wrong with the way they think or just opening their eyes and allowing them to understand what’s wrong with their thought process because, to be honest, I mean, we’re all human. And I feel like we should all be treated equally. I don’t get the debate on why everyone should be treated equally because of their skin color. It doesn’t make sense to me, but it is what it is right now. We’re trying to fix that.”
Part of the “we’re” that Murray was referring to was his generation, which he believes can be a major catalyst for change across the nation because of its approach to race, racism and race relations.
“We’re so diverse,” Murray said. “We know what racism is, but I feel like there’s not a lot of it in my generation. I know that generations above me and my parents’ generation, there’s a lot of racism. Whether they’re willing to believe it or not, there is.
“There’s a lot of hate in this world but at the same time, I think that what’s happening, what we’re seeing right now is huge, just because I feel like — all the rioting obviously, I don’t condone the rioting and stuff like that — but the peaceful protests, I think they’re amazing. I think what everything’s going on is amazing. And I think that’s just the start of it.”
The aftermath and response to George Floyd’s death while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on Memorial Day has given a freedom to people to speak their mind on racial issues, Murray said.
There’s no more holding back, he said.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Josh Weinfuss