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LAFC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye pens statement as a “proud black man”

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Player expresses call to action in powerful essay.

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The Black Lives Matter movement has returned to the forefront in recent days, after the killing of George Floyd by a now ex-police officer in Minneapolis set off another wave of protests around the country and world.

It’s a time of emotions, reflection, learning and action. As part of that, Los Angeles Football Club midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye wrote a lengthy essay on the club’s website Friday to make a powerful message from the perspective of a black man in the United States.

My name is Mark-Anthony Kaye and I am a proud black man.

I am deeply angered and saddened by the tragic events of the last few months, events that are infuriatingly all too familiar. My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the victims who were killed at the hands of murderers who carry a badge as a symbol of protection.

I will not stand for injustice. Too many black people are dying by the hands of those who are supposed to serve our society. I want to live in a world where I do not have to fear for my life when I go outside, a world where I don’t have to pray that I can simply return home safe and sound.

To live in that world, we first must ask some tough questions, because too many black people are dying by the hands of those who are supposed to serve our society.

Kaye, 25, is a native of Canada, growing up in Toronto, but he’s played in the United States off and on since 2014. While events have unfolded around the country in recent days, including viral videos of police violence, Kaye has shared posts on his social media accounts.

Kaye’s essay mentions a perceived distinction between him and many of his teammates.

What kind of message do we send when we allow those in positions of authority to patrol in an indiscriminately racist manner? Why should I feel more scared about my life than my white teammates? I entered the world the same way as they did.

He ends the essay with a call to action for everyone:

This fundamental issue is NOT just a problem for the black community. This is an “US” problem – a human problem.

We are not asking for a lot. We are asking for equality. Equality which serves all.

Stand with us, speak up and use your voice.

Be part of the change or stay part of the problem.

You can read the entire essay, which is powerful and worth a read, at LAFC’s website.