Recent police social injustice cases have highlighted the need for change. Breona Taylor and George Floyd came through
Police. Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead by guards. Enough is enough.
The Baltimore Ravens have always been an organization that has a deep connection with the community. Knowing a change is needed, Raven's owner Steve Bisciotti is donating $ 1 million to make that change through social justice reform in the Baltimore area through the Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation.
Bisciotti posted the following statement via BaltimoreRavens.com on Monday June 1st, 2020:
“I can't say anything to alleviate the pain African American communities are feeling in our country. No words repair the damage done.
“Like many people, I am sick, discouraged and shaken by the racist acts that continue to overwhelm our society. The recent murder of George Floyd is another tragic example of the discrimination African Americans face every day.
“Now more than ever, we need to step up our drive for positive change as we work with peaceful demonstrators across the country. We must all try to understand by listening better and learning more. We all need to find new ways to unite. We must all work to break the cycle of systematic racial injustice.
“Our players were and are at the forefront of this change. We believe in their commitment to promoting social justice and making meaningful change. We stand side by side with them, in full support. That is why I asked a group of past and current Ravens players to decide which organizations should receive income from the $ 1 million donation we are making today. "
A committee consisting of current and former Ravens players will determine which programs will benefit directly from the funds.
This is not the first time the ravens have been working to bring about change after the police brutality. In 2018, the Ravens Organization, along with its players, donated $ 500,000 to various social justice efforts in Baltimore City.
The Ravens reached out to the community in 2015, following the death of Freddie Gray while being arrested by police in Baltimore. Protesters stormed the streets and the protest turned into looting. The ravens sent two busloads of coaches and players to speak to people in the community and help where they could.
Now is the time for unity and a collective stand against social injustice. The ravens are doing the right thing, which will hopefully be the start of an extreme push to make America a better place for people of color.