DeAndre Yedlin: 'My grandfather told me he's glad that I am not living in the U.S. right now'

DeAndre Yedlin, who left his home in Seattle when he was 21 to move to the Premier League, says his grandfather who raised him along with his grandfather's wife has feared for his life as a young black man.

In a series of tweets, Yedlin, who is training with Newcastle United for the restart of the Premier League, said Ira Yedlin, who now lives in Arizona, recently texted him:

"A couple days after George Floyd’s death, my grandfather texted me and told me he’s glad that I am not living in the U.S. right now because he would fear for my life as a young black man. As days have passed, this text from my grandfather has not been able to leave my mind.

"He was born in 1946, lived through the civil rights movement, lived through some terribly racist times in U.S. history, and now 70 years later he STILL fears for the life of his black grandchild, in the country he and his grandchild were born in, in the country his grandchild represents when he plays for the United States, in the country his grandchild represents when he’s playing in England."

Yedlin, who has played 99 Premier League games since leaving the Seattle Sounders in 2015, has African American, Dominican, Native American and Latvian roots. His mother was a teenager when he was born and in and out of trouble when she was young so her father and step-mother were granted custody and raised him. He later became close to his mother. Yedlin's father was jailed for life as a habitual offender and never in his life.

"I remember being in elementary school," he added, "and having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance which end ' ... with liberty and justice for all.' Every American needs to ask themselves, is there “liberty and justice for all” and if their answer is yes, then they are part of the problem.

"In no way are we asking black lives to matter more than white lives, all we’re asking is we are seen as equal, as more than 3/5 of a man, as humans. My heart goes out in solidarity to George Floyd, his family, and all of the countless number of victims that have had their lives taken at the hands of meaningless police brutality."

3 comments about "DeAndre Yedlin: 'My grandfather told me he's glad that I am not living in the U.S. right now'".
  1. David Ruder, June 3, 2020 at 2:24 p.m.

    May born in Latvia would have  been better for him.

  2. uffe gustafsson, June 3, 2020 at 6:45 p.m.

    Dude that comment is not really appropriate.

  3. Sean Guillory, June 3, 2020 at 6:59 p.m.

    I'm black and I don't fear for my life.  My mom grew up during the same time as his grandfather and she does not feel the same way.  

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