In the words of Israel Adesanya: “I’m p****d off.”
The UFC fighter has outwardly spoken about George Floyd’s death and reciprocated the frustrations of furious American citizens who are bravely protesting towards police departments across the country.
These demonstrations have caused ripple effects around the globe, as Adesanya passionately spoke towards 4,000 people at a Black Lives Matter march in his homeland of New Zealand.
Adesanya joined the rally and demanded justice for Floyd. The black American was killed by officer Derek Chauvin, as he forcefully and unnecessarily kept his knee on Floyd’s throat for eight minutes and 46 seconds, while the victim pleaded in distress, “I can’t breathe”.
“I have to speak up,” Adesanya told the like-minded crowd. “I’ve been doing it for like the last two weeks. For the last two weeks of my stories, you’ll see – I’ve been angry.
“How many of you walk into a store and put your hands behind your back just so they don’t think you’re stealing? How many of you walk down the street and have to kind of smile and try to make the person who you can see is already scared of you, make them feel comfortable?”
Adesanya continued to speak of the experiences that he has suffered, but especially now more than ever, he is proud to be a black man.
“I didn’t have a choice (to be black). If I had a choice – I’ll still be black,” the UFC fighter powerfully told the crowd that whole-heartedly agreed with him.
With his finger pointed towards a sea of spectators, he thanked everybody for marching and recognised the importance of multiple ethnicities marching together.
“We’ve been marching so long but it’s not about us now,” Adesanya said. “Shout out to all the white people, people of different races, cause we need you. We need you to speak up. We need you to say something.
“I’m sick and tired of seeing those faces get killed, cause guess what? I see myself in them the whole time. It’s heartbreaking.”
For one final time, he echoed the frustrations of himself, the crowd and outraged American citizens by stating: “I’m p****d off,” which was met by a roar of support as he walked off stage.
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