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Erik Gudbranson’s Thoughts On Racism

from Erik Gudbranson at Sportsnet,

I’d like to begin by saying that I hope everyone is doing all right during these difficult times. My thoughts over the past few months have been with you all.

But that is not what this article is about. It’s about an issue I’ve been wrestling with for a long time: the violence and systemic racism faced by Black people.

It’s an issue that has deeply concerned me, but one that I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t ever felt confident enough to speak about publicly. If I’m honest, I’m still nervous to write this, because I know there’s still so much for me to learn and I’m afraid to say the wrong thing.

So, why now? What’s changed? It’s a very fair question and my answer sucks. Basically, I was too consumed with what I was doing to act on my feelings, something I’m very disappointed about. But in the past three months, being away from hockey has allowed me time to reflect a lot. To learn more and talk about issues and the current state of the world unselfishly.

And now I’m determined to stop being quiet when I know that speaking up in the name of racial justice is the right thing to do. I’m hoping that by speaking up now, I’ll encourage other people to do the same.

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Steeb's avatar

Great read! Thanks, Paul!

Posted by Steeb on 06/09/20 at 12:22 PM ET

jhpcarrier97's avatar

No racism in the NHL, the league is built on toughness.  Pansies won’t last under the contract structure, so if you are a complaining pansie get off my team!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/09/20 at 02:10 PM ET

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Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/09/20 at 03:10 PM ET

Thanks for stopping by, Mr Milbury.

 

Posted by Steeb on 06/09/20 at 02:43 PM ET

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Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/09/20 at 03:10 PM ET

Jesus, what a gross sentiment.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 06/09/20 at 03:33 PM ET

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No racism in the NHL, the league is built on toughness.  Pansies won’t last under the contract structure, so if you are a complaining pansie get off my team!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/09/20 at 03:10 PM ET

I remember your very racist comments several years ago when Subban was traded. Not surprised to see that you’re still a moron.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/09/20 at 06:47 PM ET

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There are obviously racist idiots out there, but sometimes when people post like this it has me wondering if it is rather someone trying to provoke or add to the “hockey is full of racist fans” crowd.  Either way, idiotic.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/10/20 at 09:42 AM ET

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