After the team linked arms during the national anthem before Sunday's game, Doug Baldwin said the team plans to meet with Seattle mayor Ed Murray and police departments around the state.
Seahawks players are planning to meet with Seattle mayor Ed Murray and police departments around the state, receiver Doug Baldwin said.
The Seahawks linked arms during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Baldwin explained the team’s actions after the game: “We’ve come so far, but that doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels. We have so far to go.”
Baldwin said the Seahawks are scheduling meetings with Murray and police chiefs across the state to discuss the issues of racial inequality in the United States.
“That’s the first step: to have communication,” Baldwin said. “We need to know the perspective of other people.”
Baldwin added, “Just have a discussion. Just talk. We want to know from their perspective. We’re normal human beings, just like anybody else, and we don’t know what we don’t know. So the easiest thing for us to start moving in the right direction is for us to get as much knowledge as we can, to listen. Like I said, you hear our message; now listen. We’re going to do the same thing on our front. We’re going to listen.”
Baldwin said the team issued its message by linking arms during the national anthem and now wants to take the next step. He wasn’t clear on what change looked like but said he and his teammates were more concerned with the process to get there.
“I don’t know, honestly, but we know there has to be change and progress,” he said. “Change is inevitable. Change will always happen, but you have to apply direction to change, and that’s when it’s progress. Right now, what we’re doing as a team, we have a follow through. The difference between a mob and a movement is a follow through.”
Baldwin said he heard those words from Harry Edwards, a respected and well-known sociologist. Edwards spoke to the Seahawks three weeks ago for about three hours and much of the discussion focused on racial inequality and the social climate in this country.
“Our team is united together to have a follow through,” Baldwin said.