Flyers captain Claude Giroux, saying he sees “white privilege” every day and that he can “be better,” broke his silence late Wednesday night with a statement about racism and the killing of George Floyd in police custody.
Posted over Twitter with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, Giroux said he has been watching developments closely.
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“Over the past few days I’ve remained relatively quiet regarding the murder of George Floyd,” he wrote. “Although silent, I was listening and I was truly learning. And although I will never be able to really understand what so many of you go through every day, I want you all to know that I am here, I see you and I stand with you. My family stands with you. I will try to understand better. I will hold others accountable and I will speak up. I will work hard to further educate myself and encourage others to do the same.”
Giroux, 32, said that while growing up in a small Canadian town, he was “never truly educated on diversity. It was only when I came to Philadelphia that I realized life is so much bigger that I thought it was. I deeply love Philadelphia. But I see white privilege firsthand every day. I see that clearly now. I didn’t understand before, but I do now."
Added Giroux: “But I can be better. And I want to be better. To become a true ally and to properly teach my son. To stand up for what is right. To not just send a tweet, but to be part of the solution. You have my word."
Van Riemsdyk, 31, said he had a “pit in my stomach” during the last week. He said that his parents always stressed the “golden rule” -- do unto others as you would have them do unto you -- while he was growing up in Central Jersey, and added that it was a “good start” but that “speaking out against inequality and discrimination needs to happen as well. ... My eyes and ears are open to try to be part of the solution."