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'These problems are all of our problems:' Nick Collison donates to NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Nick Collison announced Friday that he donated $20,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in memory of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and "so many other people whose lives weren't valued because of the color of their skin." 

Collison, whose No. 4 jersey was retired by the Thunder last year, tweeted that "there is a burden carried by men and women of color in our country that I will never feel." 

Floyd, 46, died Monday after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pinned Floyd to the ground by pressing his knee into Floyd's neck. 

After days of protests in Minneapolis, Chauvin was arrested Friday and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter

Floyd's death came three weeks after a white father and son were arrested in the death of Arbery, who was out for a run when he was shot and killed

"To be out in the world every day, having to worry about whether people see you as a threat would be exhausting," Collison wrote. "To constantly have to prove that your presence is justified would be infuriating.

"This centuries-old, systemic racism we have in our country will continue to be with us if there are only people of color losing their voices pleading with the rest of us to recognize these problems. These problems are all of our problems.

"If you love your country then you must love your fellow Americans that are screaming out in pain. Have conversations about these issues. Talk to your kids about issues of race. Have the empathy and the humanity to listen to these problems even if they don’t affect you.

"At the very least stop with the questioning, the defending, the what about-isms. I am so angry and disgusted with so much of what I have seen. I’m worried about our future." 

The NAACP's Legal Defense Fund fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy and public education, according to its website

"I have been inactive for too long," Collison wrote. "This is what I can do today. Join me and do what you can do today." 

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Nick Collison speaks to the media before the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday,March 20, 2019. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Nick Collison speaks to the media before the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Wednesday,March 20, 2019. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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