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Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti joins players in speaking out about racial injustice in America

Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti joins players in speaking out about racial injustice in America

Amid ongoing protests across the U.S., the Ravens posted a video Friday that called for an end to racial discrimination in America and implored the country to put its history of unequal treatment behind.

Owner Steve Bisciotti, head coach Jim Harbaugh and a dozen players each made statements during a June 1 team video meeting, which was repackaged and published on the Ravens’ Twitter account.

“I’m lucky enough, through my ownership of this wonderful franchise, to have gotten close enough to these young men, to see and hear their hurt,” Bisciotti said. “All they’re asking for right now is to be heard and I want to ask you individually, are you willing to listen? I don’t think I’ve grown by seeing their anger. I think I’ve grown by feeling their hurt, and these young men are hurting.”

The protests began in Minnesota on May 26, one day after a video surfaced of a Black man named George Floyd being pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer. Floyd died after the officer kept his knee on the 46-year-old’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

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Several Black players on the Ravens including Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III, Calais Campbell, Willie Snead IV, Anthony Levine Sr., Brandon Williams and Mark Ingram II spoke during the video about their experiences with racism in America and desires to be treated like the U.S. citizens they are.

“This is just one of my little girls,” Snead said while holding his daughter in his lap. “She’s also biracial and I don’t want her to have to live in a world where she’s judged by the color of her skin and she has to choose which side she has to go, the white side or the black side.”

White teammates Justin Tucker, Mark Andrews and Morgan Cox expressed their support for the Black community and stressed that they are using this time as an opportunity to listen and learn about the struggles minorities face in the U.S.

On the day the video was recorded, Bisciotti and the Ravens also committed to donating $1 million for social justice reform in Baltimore.

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'No words will repair the damage that has been done': Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donates $1 million to fund Baltimore-area social justice reform

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'No words will repair the damage that has been done': Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donates $1 million to fund Baltimore-area social justice reform

Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti and the team announced a commitment of $1 million to Baltimore-area programs. 

Bisciotti, through The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation and the Ravens, combined to donate the money after a group of former and current Ravens decide which local organizations should receive the money.

“There is nothing I can say to ease the pain felt by African-American communities across our country,” Bisciotti said in a statement from the organization. “No words will repair the damage that has been done.”

The decision came on the heels of another murder of an African-American man, George Floyd, by police in Minnesota. 

“Like many people, I am sickened, disheartened and shaken by the acts of racism that continue to overwhelm our society,” Bisciotti continued. “The most recent killing, involving George Floyd, is yet another tragic example of the discrimination that African-Americans face each day.”

The team did not announce who is on the committee of players to determine where the funds should be allocated. 

“Now, more than ever, we must all strengthen our pursuit of positive change, as we stand with peaceful protestors around the country,” Bisciotti said. “We must all seek to understand by listening better and learning more. We must all discover new ways to unite. We must all work to break the cycle of systematic racial injustice.”

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