In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Etienne Jr. opened up earlier this month about the injustices he has faced as a black man, and has discussed his story on multiple platforms, including with The Columbus Dispatch and on Taylor Twellman's ESPN FC television show.
What I saw today in downtown Columbus will stay with me for the rest of my life. I want to thank everyone who is down there.... as a young black man in America I’m truly grateful for all the people that felt it was only right to go there and peacefully protest injustice— Derrick Etienne Jr 🇭🇹 (@detienne_10) May 30, 2020
Columbus Crew | Derrick Etienne Jr. speaking out after police twice said he looked like he had warrants https://t.co/Zs24wpFR5N— Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts) June 5, 2020
As our communities continue to educate and activate against systemic racism, the Columbus Crew offices will be closed on June 19 in recognition of Juneteenth, and will utilize the opportunity to provide and encourage open dialogue about our past, to explore more thoroughly our relationships with our community and our roles as citizens, and to commit to creating an educated and equitable society.
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