“I’ve Seen Racism” – Alvin Kamara Opens Up About His Confrontations with Social Injustice

Published 06/06/2020, 2:20 PM EDT

New Orleans Saints star running back, Alvin Kamara, recently took to Twitter to share his experience with racism.

Alvin Kamara’s Encounters with Racism

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The running back tweeted that perhaps he experienced social injustice more because his mother was a foreigner. He also added that he has had the cops called on him at banks because he looked like he could rob a bank. He has even been asked to leave fancier restaurants because he was apparently dressed “inappropriately“. However, he believes it wasn’t what he was wearing that resulted in him being asked to leave.

I’ve been in enough situations where the color of my skin was seen as a big enough threat to cost me my life.” Kamara tweeted.

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In the wake of George Floyd’s death, the NFL players’ kneeling protests are expected to make a return this season. And Alvin Kamara wishes to be part of the pre-game protest. “I can kneel confidently because I know that with just that small gesture, a much bigger message is being conveyed. And also within that gesture, the voices of those who no longer have a voice can be heard,” he wrote.

Kamara on Drew Brees’s Comment

Kamara was among the many players who criticized Drew Brees for his comment about disrespecting the flag. Alvin tweeted a video of Fox News’ Laura Ingraham asking LeBron James to “shut up and dribble” rather than express his political views. But she also said that Drew Brees “is allowed to have an opinion.” Kamara wrote, “this is the reality we live in. This isn’t about pinning black against white, but more so about the narrative that is created when a black person speaks and when a white person speaks. Pay attention. This is why we protest! This is why we take a knee! To be HEARD. Nothing more.”

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He also mentioned having spoken with his teammate, Brees, after the incident. While he was “disappointed and hurt“, Alvin explained to Drew where he was wrong and he understood. He seemed happy about it and further said that it’s time to move on and find a solution.

The Saints will be opening their season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 13. However, until then, a lot needs to be done. Not just on the field, even off it.

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