Kraft family: “Our country needs deep healing”

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The family that owns the most successful NFL franchise of the past 20 years has issued a powerful statement regarding ongoing social unrest, which serves as both a message and a commitment to act in furtherance of change.

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“Over the last several days, we have tried to listen, learn and reflect,” the Kraft family, which owns the New England Patriots, said in a statement. “We have been at a loss for the appropriate words, perhaps because there are none to adequately describe the horrific incidents of the last few weeks. It is impossible for us to comprehend what happened to George Floyd or the pain his family must be feeling, a pain that resonates with so many others who have lost loved ones in similar brutalities that were not captured on video for the rest of the world to see. We cannot begin to understand the frustration and fear members of our black community have faced for generations. Recent events have shined a light on a topic that demands much more attention.

“Our country needs deep healing. We don’t have the answers, but we do know that we want to be part of the change. As leaders in the New England community, we must speak up.

“Here is where out family, and our organization stands: We are horrified by the acts of racism we’ve witnessed. We are heartbroken for the families who have lost loved ones, and we are devastated for our communities of color, who are sad, who are exhausted, who are suffering. We know that none of the sadness, exhaustion or suffering is new. We know it is systemic. Our eyes, ears, and hearts are open.

“Our family has a long history of supporting vulnerable people in our communities and advocating for equality. But past efforts don’t mean anything until we all stand on equal footing in America, so we must act in the present, and not simply rely on what we’ve done in the past. There remains much work to be done. We will not rest on statements, because words without actions are void. Rather, we will work harder than ever before — through our philanthropy, community engagement, advocacy and support the work of our players — to build bridges, to promote equality, to stand up for what’s right and to value ALL people.”

Amen to all of that. We appreciate the clarity of the conviction, and we can’t wait to see what Robert Kraft (left), Jonathan Kraft, and the rest of the family will do moving forward, since it will inspire so many others (including us) to take action aimed at solving this problem once and for all.

Read More: Kraft family: “Our country needs deep healing”-Wed, 03 Jun 2020 00:21:30 +0000

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