Yankees' James Paxton Calls Out His Own White Privilege

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Many athletes participated in #BlackoutTuesday on social media as a symbol to stand up to racism, but Yankees pitcher James Paxton shared an introspective message on the matter.

The 31-year-old southpaw acknowledged his past silence on the issue and how that was a byproduct of his white privilege.

Paxton said going forward he is ready to change.

“My white privilege has allowed me to be oblivious to the true magnitude of oppression the black community faces,” he said in a post on Monday. “My silence to this point is also a product of my white privilege. I’m beginning to realize my privilege and ignorance. Time to listen, learn, and take action.”

My white privilege has allowed me to be oblivious to the true magnitude of oppression the black community faces. My silence to this point is also a product of my white privilege. I’m beginning to realize my privilege and ignorance. Time to listen, learn, and take action. #blacklivesmatter

A post shared by James Paxton (@alstonpaxton) on Jun 1, 2020 at 2:47pm PDT

Several other Yankees have spoken out or participated in #BlackoutTuesday, including Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Adam Ottavino and Mike Tauchman.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has also stated that he will be an ally for those facing racial discrimination.

Former Yankees great Derek Jeter, who has traditionally been mum on larger world issues, even released a statement through the Miami Marlins calling for an end to racial hatred.