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Paxton acknowledges his white privilege: It made me 'oblivious'

theScore logo theScore 6/3/2020 Bryan Mcwilliam
James Paxton in a baseball game © Abbie Parr / Getty Images Sport / Getty

New York Yankees left-hander James Paxton publicly called himself out on Instagram Monday for being silent after George Floyd's death while in police custody.

The 31-year-old admits his white privilege was not only responsible for his silence, but it also made him "oblivious" to the oppression the black community faces.

In his statement, Paxton declared he'll begin to take more time to "listen, learn, and take action." A photo accompanies the statement, and it reads "I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand with you."

Paxton joined Yankees teammate Giancarlo Stanton in speaking out against racial discrimination as protests and riots continue across North America in response to Floyd's death.

"Enough is enough. It’s going to take everyone to help this system change. No matter your color or attributes, we are all human, who know what’s right deep down. Making a real change will be Justice for Floyd and everyone who came before him. Let’s all be a part of the change," Stanton tweeted Saturday.

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