“data-reactid =” 22 “> Ryan and Blake – who have children James, five, and Inez who are three years old – share a joint statement on Instagram, which reads:” We never have to worry about preparing our children for rules different laws or what might happen if we pull over in a car.
“data-reactid =” 23 “>” We don’t know what it’s like to experience day after day.
“data-reactid =” 24 “>” We cannot imagine feeling such fear and anger.
“data-reactid =” 25 “>” We are ashamed that in the past we allowed ourselves not to be told about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.
“data-reactid =” 26 “>” We have taught our children differently than the way our parents taught us.
“data-reactid =” 27 “>” We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk with our children about everything, everything … especially our own involvement.
“data-reactid =” 28 “>” We talk about our biases, blindness, and mistakes. We look back and see so many mistakes that have led us to examine deeply who we are and who we want to be. They have directed us to a very broad educational path.
“data-reactid =” 29 “>” We are committed to raising our children so that they never grow up feeding this crazy pattern and therefore they will do their best to never cause pain to others consciously or unconsciously, “he continued.” At least that’s what we can do to honor not only George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner, but all black men and women who were killed when the camera was not playing. (sic) “
“data-reactid =” 30 “> The couple also vowed to use their platform” to become an ally “.
“data-reactid =” 31 “> They added:” Last week we donated $ 200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We are amazed at this organization and its leader, Sherrilyn Ifill. And this is only the beginning. We also promise to stay educated and vote in every local election.
“We want to know the position of school board candidates, sheriffs, mayors, board members. We want to know their position on justice. But primarily, we want to use our privileges and platform to be allies. And to play a role in easing the pain for many people who feel like this big experiment failed them. (sic) “