In an emotional video posted to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, former NFL star Ray Lewis cited rising murder rates and said that he was trying to figure out “why no one is paying attention to black men killing black men.”
“Why do we always find ourselves half the victims and now we have the separation once again that we’re being victimized because of one bad white cop, two bad white cops, three bad white cops, killing a young Black brother. But every day we have Black-on-Black crime, killing each other,” said the two-time Super Bowl-champion Lewis.
“When will we appreciate who we are? When will our skin color start paying attention to our own skin color?”
— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) April 6, 2016
“I’m trying to figure out if black lives really matter, then in Chicago alone the murder rate has soared 72 percent in 2016. Eighty-eight percent in the first three months of 2016 compared to last year. I’m trying to ask the question to an organization of black lives, if they really mattered, then why not riot now?”
“I was asked if I was an elected official, what would I do to stop some of this violence. I would put barrels on each corner and I would give you 30 days to drop all illegal weapons in these barrels. If you found yourself going outside of that, the moment I found you with them, that’s 25 years—mandatory.”
— Pro Ents & Arts News (@ProEntsArtsNews) April 6, 2016
Lewis, who had his own run-in with the law back in 2000, retired from the NFL following the Ravens 34–31 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, that followed the 2012 season. The 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a seven-time All-Pro selection who was the mainstay on a Baltimore team that relied on its defense.
— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) April 6, 2016