As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, there was a horrifying situation in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday evening, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley took to social media to share his thoughts (the first of four tweets):
Hate is learned, hence hate is taught. Love can be learned also. It's sad to see so many people who think this country is only for "them".— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) August 13, 2017
The full quote (four tweets):
“Hate is learned, hence hate is taught. Love can be learned also. It’s sad to see so many people who think this country is only for “them”. Even sadder is today is the first day some people are acknowledging the ugly head of hatred and racism. It’s been here. Some of us have experienced it all the while. And in public ignorance this hatred has grown and festered. The loss of life today is tragic. Maybe this will wake some and unite others to see what people have been talking about for some time.”
I think no matter what side of the political line you fall on, we all can acknowledge that what happened Saturday afternoon was not OK, and I like Conley here using his platform as a professional athlete to drive positive change he believes in.
The Kansas City Chiefs are lucky to have him, both on the field and off.