The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks coach has passionately called for an end to racism in the United States and urged his peers and players to speak up and use their platform forever.
At a press conference on Saturday, 68-year-old Pete Carroll said a change in attitudes was long overdue and denounced “a system of slavery” that “never went away.”
He said the team decided earlier in the morning to cancel training and instead register to vote.
“Let’s get on,” he said. ‘Don’t be silent anymore. No longer afraid to talk to topics.
Pete Carroll, the Seattle Seahawks coach, gave a strong speech on Saturday
Carroll said it was important for everyone to take a stand and fight to end racism
“Not anymore, you know, I could lose my job because I took up a position here. Fuck it all. ‘
Carroll, who coached the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots before joining the Seahawks in 2010, said this season in his 50 years coaching had an urgency he had never felt before .
“I want to talk to you guys about some things that are close to my heart,” he said, and began his 15-minute speech.
Carroll praised his players for educating him about the reality of racism in the United States
As of June, 70 of the 90 players on the team were black, the News Tribune reported.
“Never this year has it been so deep and player-rich that we’ve learned what the life of a black man or woman in America is like,” he said.
‘There is less worry, less fear. This was a process of truth finding and reality checking.
“This is about racism in America that whites don’t know.
‘You don’t know enough. And they need to be trained and educated about what the hell is going on in this world. ‘
Carroll thanked his players for helping them train on a team where 70 out of 90 are black
The San Francisco-born coach said he was in awe of the resilience of black Americans who, despite all obstacles, continued to strive for a better future.
“Blacks can’t scream anymore,” he said.
“They can no longer march or expose their souls to what they have lived with for hundreds of years.”
Carroll said the heart of the problem was that “whites from Europe” came over with a “great idea” about democracy, freedom and equality for all, but it was never realized.
“That didn’t happen because we went this other route here – follow the economy and the rich whites who make money,” he said.
“And they put together a system of slavery.
“And we really never left it. It never went away.
“And the really amazing thing I’ve learned is that black people know the truth. You know exactly what is going on. It’s white people who don’t know. ‘
The Seattle Seahawks kneel during the national anthem in November
Carroll urged other trainers to use their platforms to be leaders in their community
He said the Americans had been taught “a wrong story” of their county.
“We all know the story was screwed up. We all know that. We really need to learn what’s going on, so we can feel our people, so we can respond.
“We all know the issues that we need to address. Okay what do we do about it? How do we react to that? How do we help ‘
Carroll’s players were quick to praise their coach for supporting their concerns.
Quarterback Geno Smith tweeted a clip of the speech with a porthole right on target.
Safety Jamal Adams tweeted: ‘Thank you Coach Pete, [general manager] John Schneider and the entire Seahawks organization that really belonged to us as black athletes, ”Adams tweeted.
“This is a special place, as I said, where everyone is ready to learn and understand that wrong is wrong and right is right.”
And Russell Wilson, another quarterback, re-tweeted Adams’ call for a vote in November.
Seahawks star Jamal Adams thanked Carroll for his warm speech on Saturday
Quarterback Geno Smith simply tweeted a target emoji and showed a porthole