The player of tennis in quebec Félix Auger-Aliassime spoke about the death of George Floyd following an arrest aggressive recently in Minnesota, explaining that he wanted people to be aware of systemic racism.
“I felt that I had to share my thoughts and respond in order to encourage people to talk about it and to be aware of this”, began by saying “FAA” in a message released su Instagram, Sunday.
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Admitting from the outset that he considered himself privileged to have grown up in Quebec, the athlete, now located in Monaco, argues that all human beings have the same rights and freedoms without taking into account the color of their skin.
“Things need to change in order for everyone to be able to take advantage of the same opportunities. The color of the skin does not matter, has he hammered. We still believe that it can happen in other locations or in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. But this is not true. There are different types of racism and discrimination. The one that we have seen recently in the United States is very violent, but there are several types of racism.”
The 20th racket of the world has been reported, inter alia, a story about his father. The latter was recently accosted by a female police officer in Quebec city for audit because, according to the officer, it was rare to see a black man driving a Mercedes, in the area where they were.
“I think this little story – without violence – proves that this kind of events creates the frustration that we see recently. People need to understand that it does not happen to others. It can happen to your friends, your teachers, your coaches, anyone.”
“We’ve made some progress, but there is still a long way to go on the plan of equality”, he added.
Auger-Aliassime has also estimated that this kind of gestures, when they are posed by people in positions of authority on which the society rests, is fuelling the frustration and sense of injustice.
“What saddens me also is that it comes from people who should show the example. Police officers, like teachers and doctors, should not have preconceived ideas based on the color of the skin. They should see the people all in the same way, because we are all human beings,” explained Auger-Aliassime, before concluding by wishing the end of a peaceful movement of protests that has shaken the United States.