“For me… The hockey community has always been an open and closed situation: Open doors with closed minds. Growing up, my parents always taught me about black history and WHO to expect as a black person in society. Despite their teachings, as a kid, I believed that sticks and stones would be the only thing breaking my bones… I was wrong.
It took me until the age of 11 to realize the weight of my skin colour… I will NEVER forget the crippling feeling of being called the ‘n-word’ by THREE white players in ONE hockey game; I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t see and I couldn’t even verbalize to my mother what had happened without falling into hysterics. My entire life changed that day. This incident, like many others, STOLE away my outlet and STOLE my innocence while simultaneously KILLING me inside.
Racism, racial injustice and violence have enabled police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor and many others. I have learned that sticks and stones may break my bones, but WORDS/NAMES will KILL me. Using racial slurs and labelling black people as thugs, monkeys or criminals because of the colour of their skin is LIFE-THREATENING.
Black people deserve equality! #BlackLivesMatter
It’s okay if you don’t know where to start or have questions. Feel free to reach out and connect with me 🤙🏾 It is just as important as it has always been to make your voice heard. It’s time to SPEAK UP! ✊🏾❤️” – Krash Green