This past weekend, I took it upon myself to travel to Washington D.C. to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as they celebrated their first anniversary. I picked this weekend’s voyage because I needed to see first hand what my ancestors endured so I could speak to the root of the issue that is dividing our nation at this very moment.

As some of you may know, I belong to a family that saw generation after generation serving in our country’s various military branches. So it goes without saying that I truly respect and appreciate the many who have served our country. I don’t merely state this gratitude. I’ve also matched my vocal support for the men and women of our armed services by partnering with leaders in Las Vegas to grow Veterans Village, a complex that houses over 350 veterans and their family members. It gives these heroes that would otherwise be homeless a place to find shelter.

But with all that being said, I would be remiss if I stayed silent and did not join my brothers in solitude, standing up against the forces who choose to ignore the cry to end police brutality, the systemic oppression against people of color and the criminal justice system.

The misconception that is being spread, that we as athletes should stay silent in itself is offensive. Throughout the many black and brown communities in the U.S., we only have our athletes and entertainers as a rule of measure, to find inspiration and motivation to keep the faith, letting our neighbors, friends and family know that they’re not alone in their pursuit of the American dream.

So, as only as I know to do being a former running back, I stand with my new quarterback Colin Kaepernick and will pick up the blitz against hate as he leads us with his bold stance against such injustices.