Caleb Truax speaks on the death of George Floyd

Henry Lake
June 03, 2020 - 3:13 pm
Caleb Truax

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Former IBF World Super Middleweight Champion and Minnesota native Caleb Truea joined Henry Lake on WCCO Radio discussing his thoughts on the death of George Floyd. 

Truax had made a conscious effort to not share his political opinions on social media because of personal reasons. Instead, he has tried to help out in his community and contribute outside of the spotlight. However, this incident was too much for him not to speak up. 

“It's exhausting to try to keep up with all the injustices that go around surrounding the black community,” Truax said about how many different injustices have come to light throughout the past few years. 

From Osseo, Minnesota Truax grew up in a single-parent household with his mother who is white. Truax spoke on how he had to teach himself how to act as a black man in society. He learned how to navigate through the world from his own experiences.

Even today he continues to be hyper-aware of what is going on around him, worried that the same injustices that have happened to others may happen to him. 

“When I run through my neighborhood I make an effort to make sure I wave at everybody,” Truax said, “I don’t want nobody calling the police on me saying that ‘this guy is suspicious in the neighborhood’ or ‘he was looking in my garage’ and [then] somebody is going to chase me down and shoot me.” 

Truax reflected on his current social status as a nationally known athlete and how the things that he deals with on a daily basis do not come close to a poor kid living in Minneapolis. He brought attention to the different injustices and fears that they deal with day in and day out and how he wants to help end the system that creates that fear. 

Hear all of Caleb and Henry's discussion here.

 

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