The English international has supported the protests that have shaken the United States for two weeks.
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling believes the fight against racism is the most important issue facing society. The 25-year-old expressed his support for anti-racist protests that have spread across the US and Europe in response to George Floyd’s death.
Although the coronavirus pandemic continues, large crowds have gathered in cities around the world to demand action against police violence and discrimination. Sterling says that opposition to racism is more important than the danger posed by Covid-19 and urged people to do so peacefully.
“I know it sounds a bit cheesy, but the only disease right now is the racism we are fighting”said Sterling BBC Newsnight. This is the most important thing right now because it has been happening for years.
“Just like the pandemic, we want to find a solution to stop it. At the same time, this is what all these protesters are doing. They are trying to find a solution and a way to end the injustice they see and they fight for their cause. As long as they do it. peacefully and safely, without harming anyone or breaking into a store, they continue to protest in this peaceful manner. “
The English international said he was not afraid to jeopardize his career by talking about the issue and warned that the protests could go no further.
“I don’t really think about my job when things like this happen, I think about what’s right. There are limits to what can be supported by communities and other environments, especially black people, he explained. It has been going on for hundreds of years and people are tired and ready to change.
“This is something that needs more than just words. We really need to implement the change and highlight the places that need to change. But it is something that I will continue to do, to spark these debates and get people in my industry to meet each other and think about what they can do to give people an equal chance in this country. “