Duke coach Krzyzewski calls for end of systemic racism

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke out Friday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, saying Americans must address the issue and solve the problem.”It is time to end systemic racism and social injustice,” Krzyzewski said to conclude a video that lasts 2 minutes, 46 seconds. “It’s time. Black Lives Matter.”The 73-year-old coach said the country has chosen the easier route for 400 years and closed its eyes to racism.He began his video with a plea for people to say the phrase “Black Lives Matter.””Black Lives Matter. Say it. Can you say it? Black Lives Matter,” Krzyzewski said. “We should be saying it every day. It’s not political. This is not a political statement. It’s a human rights statement. It’s a fairness statement.”This marks the second time that Krzyzewski has spoken up this month. On June 1, he said he was emotional, angry, frustrated, disgusted and scared after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis one week earlier.He punctuated his feelings in the latest video and said Americans continue to deny the impact of racism.”We see that,” Krzyzewski said in the video. “And what do we do when we see it? We turn the other way. We don’t solve the problem. The problem will not be solved and no problem is solved unless you acknowledge the problem. Acknowledge it. If you acknowledge it, you have the duty to solve it. We as a country have the duty to solve this problem.”

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