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Dominic Smith shares statement about racism

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Smith shared his thoughts in an Instagram post.

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Mets first baseman and outfielder Dominic Smith shared his thoughts on racism in a post on Instagram this afternoon. Smith, who is Black and grew up in Compton, said:

I spend most of my hours of the day thinking about what’s going on in the world. When I got drafted in 2013 and left Los Angeles, I finally understood what my parents have been teaching me my whole life. Traveling the world playing the game I love for my career was by far the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but it’s also shown me how some peopl ein this world really are. As a black man in America you encounter racism on every level. Your parents prep you for it. They prep you for routine police stops. They prep you on how to talk to people with respect. When you have one strike against you (your skin color) you have to make the people you come across like you, and you do with with respect, with a smile, with love. I didn’t understand it as a kid. I went to predominantly black schools my whole life, so when Ig ot into the real world, it hit me. I saw how we were oppressed firsthand. Whether it’s education, job opportunities, healthcare, mass incarceration, social program, financial ahrdship, and more. I saw how I wasn’t equal and treated unfairly just because of my skin color. Without people even trying to get to know me, they already had a perception in their head of who I was.

And I’m not saying all people have prejudice or are racist because they’re not. I’m just speaking on personal experiences I’ve had. The system has been killing African-Americans and minorities for hudnreds of years and enough is enough! I don’t want to fear being stopped by a police officer or looked down because of my skin color! It shouldn’t have taken the death of so many innocent men and women for the world to take notice. And if we didn’t have social media or smart phones, how many more innocent lives would we have lost? SILENCE KILLS.

My heart goes out to all the families who have lost loved ones in these tragic situations. It’s not acceptable, it’s not okay, it’s not ethical. Our people have been fighting for decades, and we’re still here today, reaching another chapter of Black Lives Matter. The social media posts, protests, petitions, donations will all play a part in bringing about real change. And I’m committed to doing everything I can to be a part of that. But don’t let a photo or video be the only thing that triggers action. Racism is something that happens every day and it’s going to take every day forward to create a world of equal opportunity. I believe in US! BE THE CHANGE.