TORONTO: A Canadian Football League (CFL) player from Grand Lake/Fall River is adding his voice to those echoing that change is needed in the wake of the senseless murder of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Brian Jones posted his words on his twitter account on Monday afternoon, June. 1.
In his post, Jones–a Fall River Dragons Football alum–said he took some time to reflect on the death of Floyd.
“I am truly saddened by the events that have unfolded,” said Jones in his tweet. “I want to start off by saying I do not condone racism.”
Jones grew up in a household with a brother that was half black/half white.
“Racism was never a lecture that was ever on my family’s syllabus,” he said.
He said being a white male now in an interracial relationship has given him an entirely different perspective on racism in the world.
“Prospecting a family with mixed children, I have had to think more closely about racism than I ever had before,” said Jones.
Jones said he will never claim to know the pressure felt by the Black community on a day-to-day basis and what they face with systemic racism.
“No one should live life in fear because of the colour of their skin,” said Jones. “Together we stand, divided we fall. We need change.”