If you happened to turn on the news this morning, you saw the ongoing riots in Minneapolis stemming from the death of George Floyd, who was caught on a cell phone camera while a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, leading to his tragic death. Floyd is the latest unarmed African American man who was killed at the hands of police, leading to yet another rise in racial tensions.
Jenny Wainwright, the wife of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, expressed fear of what might happen once their one-year-old adopted son, Caleb Adam Wainwright, grows up, and her sentiments were shared by the Cards hurler.
Wainwright's message exemplifies the fear that many parents of African American children have currently: how will they deal with the prejudices in society once they're older? Jenny doesn't want Caleb to grow up during these times of institutionalized racism. She's calling for everyone of all races to come together and combat these injustices.
Both Adam and Jenny have four daughters, but have long wanted to adopt a child after attending a Christian conference hosted by Pro Athletes Outreach after the 2017 season. In 2019, the Wainwrights officially welcomed Caleb to the family.
The Wainwrights want Caleb to have a long, healthy life. But the escalation of racial issues have both of them concerned. So now, they're going to speak out to ensure that black lives will be treated equally in society, for the sake of their son.