Athletes condemn racism amid ongoing protests

Olympians have shared their thoughts as protests for equality continue across the 50 U.S. states and many countries around the world 

Athletes and Olympians have been speaking out against racism as protests for equality and an end to police aggression against minorities continue in the United States and around the world. The protests were sparked by the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, while in police custody in Minnesota.

From world 200m champion Noah Lyles

…to U.S. Olympic basketball champion Ray Allen, who posted a video on systemic racism, explaining it is also "about policies and practices in America that keep black people from having access to good school systems, colleges and jobs among other things"…

Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles drew attention to another black victim of police violence in the United States.

Tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King, who has also fought for women's and gay rights during her career, reacted to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team's show of solidarity with protestors by quoting civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King.

U.S. Women's National Team soccer player and two-time Olympic champion Carli Lloyd vowed to do more.

Kenyan-born U.S. marathon Olympic trials champion Aliphine Tuliamuk compared her experience of living as an African woman in the States to her early years growing up.

Some athletes around the world chose to share an iconic Nelson Mandela quote to speak out against racism.

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“ Никто не рождается с ненавистью к человеку из за цвета его кожи, или его происхождения, или его религии. Ненавидеть люди учатся, и если они могут научиться ненависти, то их можно научить и любви, поскольку любовь проникает в человеческое сердце более естественно, чем ее противоположность. ”⁣ - Нельсон Мандела⁣ ⁣ “ No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. “⁣ -Nelson Mandela ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

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And Olympic medallist boxer Evander Holyfield sent a message of hope.

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