DeAndre Yedlin has revealed his family “fear for my life as a young black man,” if he lived in the USA.
Yedlin, 26, and his Newcastle
Then Seattle-born right back, who has played for the USA 62 times, revealed the emotional text message he received from his grandfather Ira, in the wake of race riots in the States.
They are relieved he no longer lives in his home nation.
Civil unrest has gripped US cities after the death in police custody of the George Floyd in Minneapolis, an African-American.
Yedlin moved to England six years ago to sign for Spurs and has also played for Sunderland.
In a powerful tweet he said: “A couple days after George Floyd’s death, my grandfather texted me and told me he’s glad that I am not living in the U.S. right now because he would fear for my life as a young black man.
“As days have passed, this text from my grandfather has not been able to leave my mind.
“He was born in 1946, lived through the civil rights movement, lived through some terribly racist times in U.S. history, and now 70 years later he STILL fears for the life of his black grandchild, in the country he and his grandchild were born in, in the country his grandchild represents when he plays for the United States, in the country his grandchild represents when he’s playing in England.
“I remember being in elementary school, and having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance which ends “..with liberty and justice for all.”
“Every American needs to ask themselves, is there “liberty and justice for all” and if their answer is yes, then they are part of the problem.
“In no way are we asking black lives to matter more than white lives, all we’re asking is we are seen as equal, as more than 3/5 of a man, as humans.
“My heart goes out in solidarity to George Floyd, his family, and all of the countless number of victims that have had their lives taken at the hands of meaningless police brutality.”
Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles organised the squad to show solidarity and demand equality as a group this morning and the moment was captured by the club.
They joined Liverpool who have also posed in the one knee stance as a gesture of support.