“If you are black they think you are a soccer player, rapper or drug dealer”

Andre Grayplayer of the Watford, has regretted what happened with the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis but believes that this goes much further and has denounced that the racism it is systemic and it is worldwide.

“It is not just about George Floyd and the brutality that is happening in the United States. It is about what is happening in England and the rest of the world, ”Gray tells The Guardian. “We are lucky not to have armed police officers on the street because we are stereotyped and judged by the police here, exactly the same as in the United States,” he denounces, as other important soccer players have already done.

“I can’t even count how many times I have been detained. I cannot count how many times I have gone to a club and have not entered, how many times a security guard has followed me through a store. I can’t count how many times someone has asked me if I’m a footballer because I got hit by a car. Look, at the end of the day, I am three people in this country: footballer, rapper, or drug dealer. This is so”.

Believe Brexit is pure racism and that it came because people are tired of immigrants

Gray states that “the protests here are not just for police brutality in the United States, they are also for the systemic racism that is everywhere.” Gray believes that Brexit epitomizes racism in Britain and believes it occurred because people “are already tired of immigrants.”

“All this frustrates me because if you see some of the places where these people come from, these other countries … The situation there is much worse and we are supposed to be a country of freedom, as is the United States. That shows me how bad racism is. It’s just a nail in the coffin. “