Athletes speak out about racism in film by Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune
The social media video includes European soccer players sharing their thoughts
Jul 13, 2020
Derek Jeter’s media company The Players’ Tribune published a new 7-minute video that features European professional athletes sharing their thoughts on racial injustice and experiences with racism. Shot entirely in black and white, interviews with professional soccer players are mingled in with photos of protests following the death of George Floyd.
“The first thing is, you’re not born racist,” says Belgian professional soccer player Romelu Lukaku, who kicks off the video. “You’re not born racist. It’s out there. It’s out there.”
“Is it not normal to be a Black guy in the world?” says Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly. “It’s perfectly normal.” “People don’t love you. For everything you do in your life, they don’t love you.”
“I would describe it as someone always trying to make you feel less than what you know you are,” says Eni Aluko, the director of women's soccer at soccer club Aston Villa and a former professional player.