Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott is pledging $1 million dollars to facilitate and “improve our police training and address systematic racism through education and advocacy,” he said Wednesday morning.
The announcement came from a rather emotional, outspoken, and important post made from Dak’s Instagram account this morning as he responded to the recent events and movement that has followed the tragic death of George Floyd.
“As a Black Multiracial American, I am disgusted and unsettled!” Dak said. “To be humble and to see every man and woman as the same takes humility and accountability.”
“AS OUR COMMUNITIES TAKE ACTION, PROTESTING AND FIGHTING FOR THE JUSTICE OF GEORGE FLOYD AND EVERY BLACK LIFE, I AM WITH YOU!”
Dak supported the peaceful protestors and their right to pursue change on a systematic level that starts from the ground up with communication. He’s one of millions of athletes around the world in various sports and even other countries to make public statements about the happenings and state of American culture.
“How can you claim to uphold the law when those within your own ranks don’t abide by it?” Prescott wrote. “You need to hold your own accountable! Each of you are as guilty as the men who stood besides Derek Chauvin if you do not stand up against the systemic racism plaguing our police forces nationwide. TAKE ACTION!”
Prescott was more verbal about the recent events in his own life as well, mentioning the recent loss of his brother as well.
“Anxiety became something I had to understand and battle with as I searched to find a purpose without the game of football around,” Dak wrote. “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.”
“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,” Prescott notes. “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.”
If anyone has a position of power and an audience to go with it right now, Dak is certainly one of them. Amidst an ongoing, civil contract dispute between he and the Cowboys, a lot of attention is being given to him by the media at the moment, and he’s using his voice in a beneficial manner.