In the wake of the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, three black people killed by police officers or white individuals, Jets safety Jamal Adams issued a powerful statement Monday:
“Stop killing us.”
Adams, who is black, joined a growing list of professional athletes who have spoken out for racial justice while protests take place across the country, including New York City and Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed May 25.
“Over the past few days, I’ve been struggling with the pain from daily injustices in America,” Adams wrote in a post on social media.
“It’s something new every day! I think it is important to find your peace in all of this and remember self-care and positive energy.
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. They’re more than just hashtags.
Floyd, face down and in handcuffs, was killed when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck. Arbery was shot and killed while jogging in Georgia in February. Taylor was shot eight times by police in Louisville, Kentucky, in March after they barged into her home in the middle of the night to serve a search warrant in a narcotics investigation.
“It’s disgusting that we don’t have time to deal with our trauma before the next tragedy,” Adams said. “We can’t let these conversations die and can’t forget those we’ve lost. Stop killing us.
“This isn’t just a political issue. This is about the morality of our nation. We all have a part to play.”