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Call for change: Cards speak up on social media

@anne__rogers
June 2, 2020

ST. LOUIS -- As the national uproar continues over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis one week ago, multiple Cardinals players have utilized their platforms to speak up about systemic racism. They took to social media to express their thoughts and call for change across America. Outfielder Dexter Fowler

ST. LOUIS -- As the national uproar continues over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis one week ago, multiple Cardinals players have utilized their platforms to speak up about systemic racism.

They took to social media to express their thoughts and call for change across America.

Outfielder Dexter Fowler voiced his experiences, fear and frustration on Instagram and Twitter.

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Here’s the thing. I know it’s hard to fully grasp why black people are outraged. It’s hard to grasp unless you’ve seen people hold their purses tighter when you walk by, when you have people refer to you as “not black” when you’re not “ghetto”. When your parents have to give you a talk when you’re just a kid. “you can’t act like your white friends. you’ll get killed. they won’t” This is a generational discussion EVERY black family has. It terrifies you as a kid, and as an adult. You don’t understand why we know, those officers didn’t flinch at murdering that man, because he is black. The race card. We hold it. You tell us “it’s not about race” if we ever hold you to it. You don’t want us to have even that 1 bone chilling “privilege” of defense. You don’t want us to hold any privilege. We don’t hold the privilege of being a criminal, making a mistake, or simply taking a jog, the same as a white man, and being treated the same. He couldn’t breathe. He was murdered. They were gently fired from their jobs. This isn’t right. This can’t go on. (if you assume “you”, is you, and you’re upset about the generalization...... just think about that for a second)

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And Fowler’s message had an impact on his teammate, Adam Wainwright, who reached out to Fowler after reading the post.

Wainwright’s wife, Jenny, posted a photo of the couple’s adopted son, Caleb, along with a moving message about her desire to see a better world for him as he grows up.

Right-hander Jack Flaherty called out police brutality on Twitter and challenged others to make a difference.

“Have tough conversations with those closest to you, help change the system,” Flaherty wrote. “There is much to be done and we must not give up. … We are stronger together than we are apart and together we must fight to stop these injustices. Not next week, or next year. Right now!”

In another post, Flaherty wrote, “Remember the names” followed by the names of eight black Americans who were killed by police in recent years.

Second baseman Kolten Wong took to Instagram to voice his thoughts about growing up in Hawaii and what he has learned since leaving.

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All I can say is I’m sorry... to whoever is hurting right now I’m sorry... to whoever is angry! I’m sorry... to the countless individuals who have been falsely accused of things or lost their lives because of their skin color I’m sorry... I sit here writing this trying to put together an uplifting message and the only thing popping in my head is SORRY! I am sorry to the black community. As a Hawaiian kid I grew up blind to racism in the world and honestly only knew racism existed through history class. It wasn’t until I left Hawaii did I realize racism was still very much prevalent in this world today! The point that I’m trying to make is sometimes the bubbles that we grow up in shield us from the injustices that are going on. I understand that I grew up privileged. As I left Hawaii I was able to see firsthand the woman clutching her purse at me or the security guard following me through the store. All these things brought rage and anger but for me it was all so new. It made me think about what must be going through the minds of people who have felt this their whole lives? The children who felt this and it ruined the innocence of childhood. I will never know that feeling but I promise I will do everything in my power to learn and educate myself so that I can promote love to ALL people! With that said - I stand with you! I stand for change in this World because what was created 400 years ago should not and will not continue! Like James Baldwin said “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed unless it is faced.” I will continue to do my job as a Hawaiian to spread ALOHA wherever I go. I love you all #ripgeorgefloyd

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Minor League pitcher Rob Kaminsky also posted on Twitter.

The Cardinals issued a joint statement with the St. Louis Blues under the heading “One Nation.” It said in part that the teams “stand united in support of racial equality for all those who march peacefully to highlight and protest racism, bigotry and violence.”

Anne Rogers covers the Cardinals for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @anne__rogers and on Facebook.