Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke out Friday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, saying Americans must address the issue and solve the problem.
"It is time to end systemic racism and social injustice," Krzyzewski said to conclude a video that lasts 2 minutes, 46 seconds. "It's time. Black Lives Matter."
The 73-year-old coach said the country has chosen the easier route for 400 years and closed its eyes to racism.
He began his video with a plea for people to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."
"Black Lives Matter. Say it. Can you say it? Black Lives Matter," Krzyzewski said. "We should be saying it every day. It's not political. This is not a political statement. It's a human rights statement. It's a fairness statement."
This marks the second time that Krzyzewski has spoken up this month. On June 1, he said he was emotional, angry, frustrated, disgusted and scared after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis one week earlier.
He punctuated his feelings in the latest video and said Americans continue to deny the impact of racism.
"We see that," Krzyzewski said in the video. "And what do we do when we see it? We turn the other way. We don't solve the problem. The problem will not be solved and no problem is solved unless you acknowledge the problem. Acknowledge it. If you acknowledge it, you have the duty to solve it. We as a country have the duty to solve this problem."
Krzyzewski said that over the past few weeks, he has "had the opportunity to see more, listen more, think more and understand at a deeper level."
Krzyzewski is well aware that Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer isn't the only emotional incident in recent months. He sees some of the other deaths that have also sparked protests and knows the system needs to be fixed.
"Do we not see the problem?" Krzyzewski asked. "The disease, the plague that has been with our country for four centuries. Do we not see systemic racism and social injustice? C'mon. We all see it. It's manifested in so many ways: criminal justice, the killings that we have seen and that we haven't seen, the denial of economic opportunities for our Black community, educational opportunities, health care. It's manifested in so many ways and has been for four centuries."
Krzyzewski has a 1,084-291 record and has won five national titles since arriving at Duke prior to the 1980-81 season. Overall, he has won an all-time Division I record 1,157 games in a head-coaching career that began with five seasons at Army.
--Field Level Media