Dak Prescott is taking a stand against police brutality.
Wednesday on Instagram, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback announced he has pledged $1 million to “improve our police training and address systemic racism through education and advocacy in our country.”
Last week, nationwide protests erupted after white police officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee on the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who was later pronounced dead. In addition to this incident in Minneapolis, authorities have been accused in recent days of using excessive force on protesters, many of whom were engaging in peaceful demonstrations.
“To the men and women that police our streets, I have the utmost respect for those of you with a passion for protecting and serving our communities,” the NFL star wrote, adding, “How can you claim to uphold the law when those within your own ranks don’t abide by it? You need to hold your own accountable! Each of you are as guilty as the men who stood beside Derek Chauvin if you do not stand up against the systemic racism plaguing our police forces nationwide.”
The athlete continued, “As long as cops continue to profile blacks as a threat, cops will continue to be perceived as untrustworthy.”
Despite these cops who “don’t abide” by the law, Prescott makes it clear, “I do not believe in looting or that violence is the answer.”
In his message, the 26-year-old also pays tribute to his older brother Jace, who passed away in April at age 31.
While noting that he has “personally struggled” amid the coronavirus pandemic, as he no longer had “the game of football,” Prescott said, “I wanted to help, make a change, be a part of something that fixed the pandemic. During that search, I lost an idol, my brother. He and I shared the same mission: Find a bigger purpose!”
He continued, “As I process the passing of my brother, I have come to realize we are not given a voice to pronounce how much we matter. It is our obligation to tell our neighbor how much they matter to us and take a stand for the greater good of each other.”
Read Dak’s full post (below):