Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson called for the end of systemic racism against black people and other persons of color in a lengthy, heartfelt letter posted to social media Monday morning in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.

Wilson stated how he recalled his late father and grandfather telling him about the “brutal acts of violence inflicted upon blacks” during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s, and how it feels to him that “the reality is the past has never left us.”

Protests sparked over the weekend after a fired Minneapolis police officer, who’s white, allegedly killed Floyd, 46, last Monday.

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The officer, Derek Chauvin, was shown in a video pinning his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, even as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

After protests started in Minneapolis, prosecutors charged Chauvin with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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