Coach Doc Rivers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
LA Clippers’ Coach Doc Rivers made the following statement today responding to a question from the media.
What stands out to me is, just watching the Republican Convention and they’re are spewing this fear.
All you hear, Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear. We are the ones getting killed. We are the ones getting shot. We are the ones that were denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung.
We’ve been shot and all you do is keep hearing about ‘fear’ It’s amazing, why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back. And it’s just it’s really so sad. Like I should just be a coach. And it’s so often reminded of my color. You know. It’s just really sad. We gotta do better.
But we Gott demand better. You know it’s funny. We protest and they send riot guards. Right? They send people in riot outfits. They go to Michigan with guns, and they’re spitting on cops, and nothing happens.
The training has to change in the police force. The unions have to be taken down in the police force. My dad was a cop. I believe in good cops. We are not trying to defund the police and take all their money away. We are trying to get them to protect us just like they protect everybody else. I didn’t want to talk about it before the game because it’s so hard. Like, just keep watching it. That video. If you watch that video, you don’t need to be Black to be outraged.
You need to be American and outraged. And how dare Republicans talk about ‘fear’? We are the ones that need to be scared. We are the ones having to talk, to every Black child. What White father has to give his son about being careful if you get pulled over.