Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence might be just 20 years old, but he is showing wisdom beyond his years.

On Friday, Lawrence joined a groundswell of athletes speaking out against racial injustices following the death of George Floyd earlier in the week. Lawrence tweeted his support for black athletes by saying he will “side with (his) brothers that deal, and continuously deal, with things I will never experience,” presumably as a white athlete.

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Lawrence’s tweets in full:

“There has to be a shift in the way of thinking. Rational must outweigh irrational. Justice must outweigh injustice. Love must outweigh hate. If you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and you don’t like how it feels — that’s when you know things need to change.

“I’m siding with my brothers that deal, and continuously deal, with things I will never experience. The injustice is clear.. and so is the hate. It can no longer be explained away. If you’re still ‘explaining’ it — check your heart and ask why.”

While there hasn’t exactly been an outpouring from white athletes in support of Floyd and minority protestors, there have been several white sports figures willing to stand up for black Americans, including the Eagles’ Carson Wentz, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and retired NFL player Kyle Long. 

To that end, the desire from black athletes, sports figures and personalities for white athletes with platforms to speak out and support their black cohorts in the face of injustice has never been louder. On Friday, ESPN’s Jalen Rose pleaded for white athletes to stand with black Americans, while Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks called specifically on athletes like Tom Brady and Sidney Crosby to use their voices to reach the masses.

In all, it’s heartening to see white athletes begin to take a stronger stance in the face of racial inequalities in the country. (The strength of their respective stances remains to be seen and is almost impossible to be measured.)

And Lawrence, at 20 years old, understands the gravity of his position and platform to deliver a rational, measured and fair approach to combating racial inequality and injustices currently plaguing the nation. It’s also encouraging to see that Lawrence understands this issue goes beyond football, especially considering he participates in a sport featuring predominantly black locker rooms.

It might not be the responsibility of a white athlete to use a platform, but it comes with the territory all the same. The racial injustices the country has seen go beyond politics. That’s what makes the continued crescendo of the voices of white athletes encouraging. While it would be easy for them to ignore this fight, many realize how much their support matters.

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