On Tuesday's WWE Backstage, the panel were given time to discuss their thoughts and feelings on the racial injustice in America. Protests have been ongoing throughout the United States for over a week now following the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, at the hands of white police officer Derek Chauvin.
Here's what the panel had to say:
Mark Henry: "I'm not a complain guy, I'm a solution guy. I really hope that, out of this, the regular person can walk up to the police and say, 'Can I help you?' And they say, 'Yes. Please record this for me. Help me if you can.' Rather than, 'Get the hell out of here, turn the camera off.' My family, we went down and protested. It was peaceful. It was Black, White Hispanic, Asian, Indian, a melting pot of people done right. I was very happy."
CM Punk: "People talk about the 'need to have a conversation.' I'm a white guy. I'm not here to pretend to understand how black people feel and it's not my place to tell them how to react. This country has a problem. That much I know. I'm here to tell white people; you need to listen to your black brothers and sisters and you need to understand where they are coming from. It's hard to try and understand where they're coming from. But this country, it's almost two Americas. When I get pulled over, I'm nervous I'm going to get a ticket. I don't want to live somewhere where if Mark's son gets pulled over, he's worried he's going to get murdered. I'm here to tell white people that you need to shut up more and you certainly need to listen more. There is a problem. The paradox is, the only way to deal with intolerance is more intolerance. If you're a white person, you are more than likely privileged. Use that privilege and support your black brothers and sisters. We live in a time where hatred is stoked at the highest level. Fascism and racism can not win and if you're struggling to find a way to help, the easiest way to help is combat that intolerance with intolerance. There's no room for it. The first tattoo I ever saw in my life was a number on my grandfather's arm and he rode horseback towards Nazi panzer tanks. And now it's 2020 and we live in a world where the President says Nazis are 'very fine people.' You can't walk that back and you can't tell me he meant something different. If you're white, use your voice, protect your black brothers and sisters and protect the people who this country was not built for. They may say it was, but everybody has a different experience. Listen more."
Booker T: "Seeing something and feeling something is two different things. You can see someone die, but if that person was your brother or your mother and this incident with George Floyd has sparked so many people around the world. It was all due to leadership. You had one cop and three other cops following. We as Americans need to stand up and not be followers, but be leaders. Be the one who will stand up, and when you see something, say something. I've been in the room where things have been said and if I didn't say something, I was neglect and in the wrong. If you see something, say something. Be responsible. Don't be a follower. Be a leader."
Other WWE superstars have spoken out on the racial injustice including Titus O'Neil, Kevin Owens, Mustafa Ali, Big E, and more. WWE issued a statement condemning racial injustice, which you can view by clicking here.
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