Miami Dolphins Brass Takes Moment During Food Distribution To Address Social Injustice – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was one of the first voices in the NFL to speak out against what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis.
On Monday, Flores was present at Hard Rock Stadium as the Miami Dolphins devised a plan to feed the hungry hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Flores, GM Chris Grier and team principal Tom Garfinkel helped set up a program to distribute 1,000 healthy meals a day for the next year.
But while dealing with one crisis, they could not ignore another.
“There is an evil element in our country, regardless. Watching these videos is pure evil, ”said Garfinkel.
Garfinkel says the way Floyd died a week ago is evidence that it’s time for change.
Flores says it is time for leaders at all levels to step up.
“If we can all take the opportunity to serve, and if you know, we will bring people together in the process,” said Flores. “I think that will ultimately make some changes.”
In a statement last week, Flores said the knee that Floyd put on his neck was the reason Colin Kaepernick took a knee.
Kaepernick’s move sparked controversy, but it also drove the NFL to address social injustice.
But now Garfinkel says it takes more than the NFL to fight racism.
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“This is a national problem across our society,” he said. “And every aspect of our society must find a way to find justice and truth and create something that is the same for everyone.”
The same message resonated with local protests over the weekend.
“Do you feel comfortable that Miami-Dade is addressing these deeper issues that could fuel persistent poverty and institutional racism?” Jim Berry of CBS4 asked Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
“I think we are making great strides. Do we still have a long way to go? We still have a long way to go, ”replied Gimenez.
Gimenez first pointed out the district’s vocational training.
“We trained thousands of people in these poor areas to get jobs, sometimes their first job. That’s the key, you know, “he said. “And if we have a strong economy, every sector of our community has to participate in that strong economy.”
The dolphins have gone one step further and put black people in important jobs.
Flores and Grier are among the few black head coaches and GMs in the NFL. It is proof that a team that takes time to feed the hungry is also ready to satisfy the dreams when someone is ambitious.
“The promise of equal opportunities for all must be fulfilled,” said Garfinkel.
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The Ross Equality Sports Initiative, founded by Stephen Ross, owner of Dolphins, could also lead to the same issue, so the seeds for the advancement of Minneapolis may be planted right here in South Florida.