By Harvey Hoffman
The Eagles had a team meeting yesterday that inspired center Jason Kelce to make his first public comments about George Floyd’s death.
Kelce wrote on Instagram that he felt obliged to speak out after hearing “some discussion today at a team meeting, in particular from DeSean Jackson.” Kelce wrote that he is frustrated by “party rhetoric” about the latest killing of an unarmed black person by a member of police forces who are supposed to “serve to protect our community and its inhabitants.”
“Systematic racism is unquestionable in our society, the numbers are irrefutable,” Kelce wrote. “Hopefully our society will continue to hold ourselves and our government to higher standards as leaders of the free world. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that ALL MEN are CREATED EQUAL, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, Liberty and the Pursuit of of Happiness” — that sentence was written over two centuries ago and we still aren’t there. As Americans, I believe it is our duty to hold our country accountable to these words, it’s the only way we will ever get there.”