Tobias Harris: 'This is about humanity'

94WIP Staff
June 03, 2020 - 9:44 am

Tobias Harris has continued to be a activist within the basketball and Philadelphia community. Harris, who participated in peaceful protesting on Sunday in Philadelphia, recently wrote a powerful article in the Players; Tribune with a clear cut message:

"Keep it real. Admit something’s wrong in this country, admit that this is about race, and let’s build a way forward."

Harris speaks from the heart and pleads with fans and audience alike to listen, accept and start a dialogue with people.

"I’m about dialogue, and I’m always willing to talk.

But if we gon’ talk about what happened to George Floyd, there needs to be a baseline acknowledgement of the reality: A white police officer killed an unarmed black man, and he was able to do it in broad daylight, with three other cops watching, because of the color of his skin.

And don’t reply to me with, “Oh, but this person did this.” Don’t try and make excuses, or say this isn’t about race. In a lot of my conversations with white people lately, I’m getting that statement over and over again: “Let’s stop making this about race.”

That’s easy to say when your brother or your father is not that person on the ground with someone’s knee on his neck. Your brother, son, father is not that person running away, getting shot at, in broad daylight.

I really just want to tell those people, Shut the hell up — because this IS about race.

It’s always been about race.

And if we dig really deep, this also about HUMANITY."

On Tuesday, Harris called for the resignation of Montgomery County, PA Commissioner Joe Gale for his press statement that labeled Black Lives Matter as "a hate group."