The Orioles were one of many teams to release a statement about protests and the Black Lives Matter movement across the country late Tuesday, as nearly every professional sports team has in the last two days.
Nearly six decades ago, at another low point in our country's ongoing struggle to understand and rectify the racial injustice our fellow Americans have endured since the inception of our nation,
"Nearly six decades ago, at another low point in our country's ongoing struggle to understand and rectify the racial injustice our fellow Americans have endured since the inception of our nation, the author James Baldwin warned, ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,'" the statement began.
The Orioles statement came amidst a flurry of statements released by MLB teams in the late afternoon.
"Today, as our friends and neighbors experience the same mistreatment of generations ago in the form of engrained, unyielding and institutionally-discriminatory systems that deny justice and equality and provide in their place a steady supply of brutalizing misconduct, compounded in some cases by voices that fan the flames of violence and racism, it is imperative that we face the past and present," the statement continued.
Dr. King said, "Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will."
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 2, 2020
The statement concluded with the phrase, "Black Lives Matter," one of the only team-released statements to reference the specific movement.
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