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Kirk Herbstreit gets emotional when addressing racism in America: ‘This is not OK’

ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit delivered a powerful message on Saturday morning while discussing the ongoing fight against racism in the United States, and it brought another one of his co-hosts to tears.

Herbstreit got emotional as he called for the nation to “do better” when addressing racism and making meaningful changes, and called on white people to listen and try to help. Herbstreit recalled a quote from Benjamin Franklin told to him by Stanford football coach David Shaw: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

“‘Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.’ That’s what I mean when I think… the Black community is hurting. If you’ve listened – the word empathy and compassion [comes up] over these last four months – how do you listen to these stories and not feel pain? And not want to help? You know? 

Wearing a hoodie and putting your hands at 10 and 2. ‘Oh God I better look out because I’m wearing Nike gear.’ What? What are we talking about. And so, you can’t relate to that if you’re white, but you can listen, and you can try to help. Because this is not OK. It’s not. We’ve got to do better man. We’ve got to lock arm-in-arm and be together. And in a football locker room, that stuff is gone. Those barriers are gone. We’ve got to do better.”



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