Michael Bennett on Why It's Time for America to Look in the Mirror
This week’s conversation is with Michael Bennett, a defensive end in the National Football League.
Michael signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and was an instrumental member of the 2013 team that won the Super Bowl. He's also a 3x Pro-Bowler.
While Michael’s craft is football, there is so much more to Michael the human being.
He’s an advocate for social justice and after the events of the last week and the ongoing protests, I wanted to have him on the podcast to more than anything else just … listen.
Michael’s words are significant. He has much to share. But what I found even more powerful than his words was his tone.
He doesn’t once raise his voice, he doesn’t blame others, yet you can hear the pain in his voice. You can hear the yearning for change; for a different America.
We discuss the systemic issues that make everyday life difficult for African-Americans and what each of us can do to make a positive impact going forward.
This is an incredibly difficult, yet important time for our country.
I recognize that change requires action and solely talking about it will not suffice.
At the same time, I hope that we can use this platform to continue to learn, to better understand, and to empathize with those who have felt silenced for so long.
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