Tuesday, 2 June 2020

'My grandfather fears for the life of his grandchild' - Newcastle DeAndre Yedlin reveals lachrymose message

My grandfather is glad I am not living in the U.S. - DeAndre Yedlin

Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin has spoken out against police brutality in the United States after protests from citizens in wake of George Floyd's death.

The defender revealed on twitter the text he got from his grandfather who said he is glad that the 26-year-old right-back is not living in the United States because he fears for his life.

'A couple days after George Floyd’s death, my grandfather texted me and told me he’s glad that I am not living in the U.S. right now because he would fear for my life as a young black man,' Yedlin tweeted

'As days have passed, this text from my grandfather has not been able to leave my mind. He was born in 1946, lived through the civil rights movement, lived through some terribly racist times in U.S. history, and now 70 years later he STILL fears for the life of his black grandchild, in the country he and his grandchild were born in, in the country his grandchild represents when he plays for the United States, in the country his grandchild represents when he’s playing in England.'

'I remember being in elementary school, and having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance which ends “.. with liberty and justice for all.”

'Every American needs to ask themselves, is there “liberty and justice for all” and if their answer is yes, then they are part of the problem. In no way are we asking black lives to matter more than white lives, all we’re asking is we are seen as equal, as more than 3/5 of a man, as humans.'

'My heart goes out in solidarity to George Floyd, his family, and all of the countless number of victims that have had their lives taken at the hands of meaningless police brutality.'

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