Epstein: Next Generation Leading The Way To Equality

"It's on us to help pave a better path for them," Theo Epstein says.

Laurence Holmes Show
June 12, 2020 - 2:23 pm
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(670 The Score) In the wake of protests against racial injustice and police brutality across America following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has taken a leading role in speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Epstein declared that "silence is complicity" in an interview session Monday, and he also helped organize his MLB head of baseball operations counterparts and others across the game to team up for a $1-million donation to causes that support the Black Lives Matters movement. 

In an interview on the Laurence Holmes Show on Friday afternoon, Epstein explained that he was further inspired to step up after attending a protest and seeing so many younger individuals speaking out. 

"This is a time to do something, because it's everywhere," Epstein said of racial injustice and the growing calls to address it. "The people in the streets are very, very inspirational. I had the chance to ride my bike down to one of the rallies last week, and one thing you noticed right away was it was people of all races. It was people of all ages. These protests are happening all over the country -- not just in big cities but in rural areas, the Rust Belt, the Bible Belt and all over, coast to coast. 

"You notice the young faces around you are the most colorblind. And this next generation really has it figured out. It's on us to help pave a better path for them, and if we can't, to get out of their way. Because they are creating a more just future for this country. It's up to each of us if we want to be part of it."

Epstein has questioned his own hiring practices, admitting he often brings on those who look like him and have similar backgrounds.

"We don't have a representative number of African-American employees, especially for a team in a city like Chicago," Epstein said. 

Epstein explained that he spoke out about his own shortcomings primarily for two reasons. He wants others to hold him accountable to his words by ensuring he follows with action, and he also thought it might lead to his peers across MLB re-evaluating their own unconscious biases and hiring practices.

"Holding people accountable for their words and holding them accountable to make sure they turn those into action is something that we all should be doing at this point in our history and with a lot of things going on in our country," Epstein said. "I would appreciate if people hold us accountable to that. At the Cubs, we've already started on our diversity committee -- Tom Ricketts, Crane Kenney and I and others in the organization, we've already got nominations going and developing a structure for that and coming up with a charter and setting out goals.

"There's a lot that can be done. We should be held accountable for it as individuals, as an organization here with the Cubs and as an institution of baseball. There are a lot of improvements to be made."