Michigan backup quarterback John O’Korn took to Instagram on Friday to give his thoughts following more police shootings of African-Americans in the past week.
In the Instagram photo, O’Korn has his arm wrapped around Michigan teammate (and roommate) wide receiver Maurice Ways.
Along with the photo, O’Korn provides a strong message on unity and a call to action that is extremely relevant given the timing. You can find O’Korn’s full message below.
This dude right here is my brother. He's my roommate. He's my best friend…. That's why it kills me to see what's going on in our country right now. I DONT GET IT. I never will. I'm so thankful that when society tried to tell me in first grade that I shouldn't be friends with a black kid that my parents taught me to live colorblind. They taught me not to look at others through the lens of society but through the lens of progress. Tensions right now are higher than ever and only get worse with each hashtag. We NEED change. But we don't need POLICY change. We need HEART change… In the officers whose intentions aren't pure.. In a man in a helicopter who classifies another as "bad" simply by the color of his skin… So many of our country's issues are rooted in our own ignorance & pride. We have this misconception that we actually understand what other people go through. But WE HAVE NO IDEA. So thankful for @_moeways and the daily conversations we have that open eyes and shatter perceptions. Conversations are everything. Elected officials aren't going to change a thing, we are. It's up to us…
O’Korn isn’t the only current Big Ten athlete to speak out on social media. On Wednesday, Wisconsin basketball player Nigel Hayes took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
And in July, several Minnesota football players went to Twitter after Philando Castille was shot and killed in Falcon Heights, Minn., a suburb of St. Paul.