There is a lot of unrest throughout the United States at the moment as people all over our country are speaking up in the fight against systemic racism.
This is a fight that has been going on for a long time, but the last week and a half have seen protests all across America in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death. Public figures from all walks of fame have stepped up to use their voice in this fight and others have made pledges in even larger efforts. Just this past Wednesday, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott pledge $1M to the effort.
On Thursday night a video featuring many prominent NFL players surfaced and they all pleaded with the league to assist them in this fight. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is among those featured.
Elliott also retweeted DeMarcus Lawrence’s tweet from Wednesday where the pass rusher praised Dak Prescott for his contribution and statement.
The Dallas Cowboys organization has also released a statement
On Friday, the Dallas Cowboys joined the many professional sports organizations that have released statements amid the country’s current landscape.
The Dallas Cowboys began conversations about social injustice two years ago and they continue to be ongoing.— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 5, 2020
The recent killing of George Floyd and others illuminates the importance of continuing these efforts. pic.twitter.com/0yofZ6Vz9O
“Our hearts are burning with anger and sadness. Racism and hatred have to stop. We have to come together to change the system.”
Cowboys players Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Tyrone Crawford all make an appearance in this video as does former Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones. All four of them have been part of the team’s leadership council.
From the Dallas Cowboys:
This video statement, the first in a series that will be released by the Dallas Cowboys, reflects the organization’s statement regarding the recent tragedies in our country while also disclosing interactions between the team, it’s players and community leaders: including law enforcement (7 local police chiefs), judicial figures (8 judges), social service leaders and Dallas city attorneys.
This program was initiated, and is being led, by the team’s players and is being facilitated by the organization.
These conversations, which began two years ago and are currently ongoing, have served to educate the organization and its players on the magnitude of the systemic problem of racism and to offer avenues of finding the best ways to effect change.
Below is a listing of the individuals who have engaged with a core group of the team’s players and the organization. The overriding theme of these discussions was to listen, learn and be heard, with the goal of finding ways to reform, unify police and community, restore hope and dignity, address systemic racism and make a bigger impact.
Judge Stephanie Mitchell (Dallas)
Judge Dominique Collins (Dallas)
Judge Hector Garza (Dallas)
Judge Julia Hayes (Dallas)
Judge Lisa Green (Dallas
Judge Angela King (Dallas)
Laura Montes (Dallas-for Judge Dan Patterson)
Judge Corinne Mason (Collin County)
Police Chiefs (7)
Chief David Brown (Former Dallas)
Chief Steve Dye (Former Grand Prairie)
Chief Renee Hall (Dallas)
Chief Brian Harvey (Allen)
Chief Mitch Bates (Garland)
Chief Derick Miller (Carrollton)
Chief John Bruce (Frisco)
County/City Attorney (3)
Larry Casto, Dallas City Attorney
Chris Caso, Dallas City Attorney
John Creuzot, Dallas County Criminal District Attorney
Organizations and Community Leaders
Grand Prairie Police Department
Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Program
Unlocking Doors – Christina Melton Crain
Jeff Taylor – Contract lobbyist for the poor and former chair of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board (Arizona)