Arian Foster been vocal in the past about racism, the legalization of marijuana, class warfare, and other socio-economic issues.
He joined the Pardon my Take podcast on Sunday to discuss the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the broader issue of racism in America.
A passionate Foster began his interview by explaining that racism in our country exists today and manifests itself in a way that is different than the racism his father and grandfather experienced.
“They had a very hard fight,” Foster e On xplained. “Our fight is actually a little harder…we are fighting a blind enemy. I have to convince some of my people that there is still a fight to be had, I have to convince racists that they’re racists, because they don’t see it.”
Having to point out others’ own biases and prejudices seemed to be the most difficult and frustrating part for Foster.
His interview highlighted the fact that some of us will never know or experience some of the social injustices and despotism that our black peers have endured during their lives.
Foster also shed light on what it was like growing up and becoming conscious of racism when his father coached him on how to interact with police officers.
“My father specifically taught us how to interact with police,” he explained. “When you get pulled over you leave your hands on the steering wheel, don’t make any quick sudden movements, don’t reach for anything… I didn’t think anything of it because I only grew up in one household… It wasn’t until I went to college and interacted in other communities where I was like… y’all didn’t have these kinds of conversations.”
The realization clearly staggered Foster, and rightfully so. Most of us expect to be coached on the gridiron, the baseball diamond, or the hardwood.
Foster vocalizing the need to be coached on human interaction with law enforcement as a kid is something that should pause everyone.
When an evident and glaring problem exists in our nation it is our responsibility to not only address it, not only to post about it on social media, but to develop and implement a solution.
Foster vocalized his thoughts on how to remedy this very real problem facing our country.
“You have to admit that there’s an issue,” Foster said. “You have to have a system in which it is common place for there to be justice. That has to be the norm, rather than the protection of officers… Judges, district attorneys all working under the same umbrella and they’re supposed to prosecute the people having brunch with them. It’s not gonna happen.”
Foster’s plan for progress was eloquently presented as he laid out the systematic issues surrounding the relationship between black people and law enforcement.
He also commented on a change that should be made regarding police officer training and workplace discipline.
“The consequences that the police face for these kind of things [the death of George Floyd] just aren’t enough… If you want change it has to start there… We have to change the training of our police officers; we have to have an emphasis on human value and de-escalation rather than aggression.”