Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett posted a powerful image to his Twitter account, one that reminds us that we are all one.
Over the past few weeks, Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett has been very outspoken for his support of the Black Lives Matter movement. He stated a desire to use his platform as an athlete to try to promote change and understanding, despite backlash that he has received and a vocal minority that demand that he “stick to sports.”
On Monday, Garrett tweeted out a picture that showed exactly the type of message that he is attempting to convey.
The phrase states that a picture can be worth a thousand words. In this case, the picture is worth far more than that, expressing those sentiments in the best way he possibly could.
Garrett’s picture and caption make certain to point out Cody Reed. Although Reed is not kneeling, he is right there by Garrett’s side to show support. Reed has been a frequent mention in Garrett’s tweets, someone that he has a close relationship with on the Reds. And although he is not kneeling as well, he is still showing support.
That has been lost. Over the past few years, everything has become politicized. Everything has devolved into an ‘us versus them’ mindset, with friendships and relationships being torn apart by everyone fighting amongst themselves.
But that does not have to be the case. These petty disagreements do not have to ruin friendships. Garrett and Reed are proof of that; they may not always have the same views on what is happening around the country, but their respect remains. And that extends to Reed supporting Garrett as he knelt during the anthem.
Amir Garrett reminded us that we are all human, and whether or not we agree, we are still all connected. Differences in beliefs do not mean that friendships have to be lost, whether off or on the diamond.