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Senator Cory Booker virtually joins Seattle Seahawks Team Meeting

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Seahawks camp is underway and the team has a very special guest join the virtual team meeting on Tuesday.

Usually, meetings start off with a highlight of some sort to get the team going. Instead, it was a 30-year-old video of Stanford's Cory Booker from the Cardinal's 1990 upset win over top-ranked Notre Dame. 

Although he did not succeed further in football,  he did become a Rhodes Scholar, attended Yale Law School, and eventually become a United States Senator.

Booker joined the Seahawks for their team meeting, spending more than 40 minutes addressing the team and fielding questions from Carroll, players, and assistant coaches.

Booker wanted to drive him the point that athletes and their platforms can be used to help encourage people.

Specifically encouraging people to register to vote on social media.

="As soon as you start doing that, you're going to affect the behavior of other people," he said. "It's about touching the lives of others, encouraging others, helping others, inspiring others through your actions."

Booker also had a powerful response to a question asked by one Russell Wilson.

Wilson wanted to know his thoughts on there state of everything going on in America in terms of racism, police brutality, and the ongoing fight for equality.

We have a poverty of empathy in this country. You have a lot of folks who aren't as aware of what our country does to certain population. The criminal justice system, one of my favorite recent books that spell is all out is "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander. It just shows kind of the torturous reality of our criminal justice system. I went to Stanford and other colleges, and there was tons of drug use going on, but you didn't really have to worry about the law enforcement impacts of it. We have kids getting arrested every day for things that two of the last three presidents have admitted to doing. It's a system that has profound racially disparate outcomes. The drug war has been—the data is clear—much more imposed upon low-income black and brown populations. I grew up in wealthier suburbs in New Jersey, my friends did just as much drugs as I've seen in areas of Newark, New Jersey, but they had whole different justice system. As (Equal Justice Initiative founder) Brian Stephenson says, we have a criminal justice system in America that treats you better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor an innocent. So you have this powerful system that imposes poverty in entire communities—because if you live in a community like mine, 50 percent of the black men have criminal convictions, again for doing things that congresspeople have done, senators have done, presidents have done. You now can't get a job, you can't get a business license, you can't get a loan from your bank. The American Bar Association points to about 40,000 collateral consequences if you have a criminal conviction in this country, things you can't do that limit your economic potential.

As the meeting ended, Coach Carroll truly enjoyed his message and said, "You would make a great teammate, we'd love to have you on our squad. You're exactly what we're trying to become… You already made us better by being here tonight."

 

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