Dave Roberts is the first black manager in the history of the Dodgers franchise. As such, people often look to Doc for his wisdom and experience in the racial divide in the United States. The LA Times’ Jorge Castillo hopped on a call with Dave this week, in the wake of protests across the country.
As expected, Roberts finds himself angry and saddened by the fact that very little has changed since his father was growing up in the 1950s. The Dodgers’ skipper sounded off on where he felt that change starts, and why it feels like we have been set back so far.
It’s disappointing to see my generation and the generation prior failing the younger generation. And that’s what’s really sad. You always hope for progress, but that just, unfortunately, isn’t the case…For me, the leaders of our country, unfortunately, aren’t good listeners and that’s how you impose change.
As a manager of one of the most prestigious sports teams in the world, it makes sense that Roberts believes that change starts at the top. But he also hopes and believes that every household should be having cultural conversations at home, especially now.
I hope and pray they’re happening in every household. But we’re in a position of authority because of our age — I’m talking about my generation and beyond. And to tell the younger generation, ‘This is how you do it and this is what needs to be done’ — how can we sit back and say this is what needs to be done when you look at the result of what we’re basically responsible for?
Change does start at the top, but it also starts at the top of households as well. A racial divide has torn apart the United States for far too long, and the thousands of people you see in the streets of Los Angeles today should show that enough is enough. There is still a long way to go.
So many times I hear people say, ‘I just want to get back to normalcy and get back to normal.’ Normal is not even close to good enough. And we all need to be better and demand better from ourselves as a country and as individuals.
Dave also spoke on SportsNetLA about the protests going on.
"The reason people protest and rise up is because they want to be heard."
Dave Roberts speaks out on racism, the protests across the nation and ways people can help maintain momentum and create change. pic.twitter.com/BymCE76Zg4
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