Miami Dolphins only needed a few words to make a big statement about social justice

Adam H. Beasley, Miami Herald on

Published in Football

A day after their CEO called out police brutality and systemic oppression as "pure evil," the Miami Dolphins again demonstrated that, as an organization, they are on the side of peaceful protesters.

And they did so with barely saying a word.

The team's official Twitter and Instagram accounts participated in the #BlackoutTuesday movement, sharing a tweet with nothing but that hashtag and a black square.

The meaning? It's a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests that are sweeping the country.

The idea began in the music industry, and has been spearheaded by music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang. The website explains their thinking:

"In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black citizens at the hands of police, #TheShowMustBePaused is an initiative created by two Black women in music in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard. We will not continue to conduct business as usual without regard for Black lives.


" ... It is a day to take a beat for an honest, reflective and productive conversation about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community."

The Dolphins' show of support came a day after three of their top leaders -- coach Brian Flores, general manager Chris Grier and CEO Tom Garfinkel -- handed out hundreds of meals for South Floridians in need.

During Monday's event, Garfinkel spoke out forcefully against injustice.

Garkfinkel said the video of an officer pressing his knee against Floyd's neck "is like watching pure evil. What we're looking at is completely unacceptable. We need love and empathy and compassion. That's how we're going to get through this until we get to a place where we have equality, and justice and truth is equal for everybody. That's what anybody who's a reasonable person wants. All those videos did was show us what's been happening for a long time.


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