Even amid protests in Rochester, Blue Jess wants Davis to be an agent of change

TORONTO – The ongoing protests in Rochester, New York, over the death of Daniel Proud, a black man who suffocated after being resisted by police on March 23, did not begin when Jonathan Davis left the Toronto Blue Jays alternative training site to join the club. Taxi Squad. 1. A day later, Prud’s family shared annoying body-cam footage from officers at the scene, details of which had been kept from the public for five months, sparking a series of protests that now have their second weekend.

Davis learned of Proud’s death on September 3, after arriving in Boston for the recent series against the Blue J Red Sox, watched the video and heard from teammates that the club was operating when it moved its training site from Rochester to Buffalo. Road (they returned to Rochester on Monday). There have been some protests in the vicinity of the City Hall and the Public Safety building, both sitting in the frontier grounds and in the hotel where the party is staying.

When Davis saw the chaos and destruction that followed the process of another stupid death at the hands of a black man and the protests in Rochester, all Davis could imagine how useful this protest could be, “if you have the right heart and the right motive.” He thought about the widespread racism and bigotry of society and how black people “suffered and endured a lot,” and when that happened, “many times people express hatred in their minds.”

“It’s tough when you think you have to start 10 steps back,” Davis said. “But at the same time I take the perspective where I believe in Jesus and I believe in love and I believe in unity.” And I think if we can all be treated with what we want, people can be a better place in this world. At the end of the day, it’s about the content of the heart and the character of the heart. And I think there is a lot of hatred on both sides. And right now we’re watching the world play. “

That’s why 26-year-old Orc was born and raised in Camden. He is now in Hatsburg, Mrs. resident, trying to stop what he sees as the current polarized, highly political and essentially negative continuous cycle of feeding counter-productive discourse.

Protesters gather in Rochester, NY, at the site of Daniel Proud’s death (Ted Schaffry / AP)

Davis says he has had incidents of racial profiling with police, but he doesn’t like to share them because he doesn’t want to keep his own focus there. “I know this is going to happen. I know it happened. But it is on a unique basis, ”he said, adding that similarly painting all the officers with a brush contributes to the problem and he wants to be part of the solution.

“People are not taking the time to empathize. “People don’t want to see another person’s point of view, another person’s point of view,” Davis said. “From the point of view of our police-officer system it is very difficult to maintain a back seat with a view to what I see as our leaders, and I say use the excuse of what is going on. I believe that as a leader you can be a great person. Training goes into that. The character goes into it. Sincerity goes into that. This is a profound issue for people, and I don’t think anyone has the right answer.

“But at the end of the day it comes down to love. When you are able to put someone else in front of you, when you are able to try to feel the other person before you guess, even if we do not agree on the same thing. You don’t have to agree to love someone. I’m here, man. “

So, when she took part in a protest in Colombia, Miss., When the epidemic stopped after the assassination of George Floyd in May, frustrated that anyone could treat another person that way, it was “about telling the truth about it.”

Davis is annoyed when people point to Floyd’s background as a justification for the use of deadly force, wisely pointing out that “it’s understood as a cop, you’re going to work with people like that.” You are going to read in different situations. These are the reasons, however, that you are a cop, to handle this situation properly. “

Proud was in the middle of a mental health episode and was under the influence of the PCP when his brother called the police to help bring him back home safely. Officers confronted him while walking naked, saying he had the coronavirus but was initially a co-worker. After being handcuffed, Prude began to spit, and to protect them from his saliva in the plague, the authorities covered his head with a spit crack. As the fight began, the video showed officers pushing him to the ground with his head. An autopsy by the Monroe County Medical Examiner has ruled the death “due to respiratory complications in the case of physical restraint.”

When her family left her life support on March 30, her family died without knowing the cause of her death until they received body cam videos requesting freedom of information.

“I know police officers who do a great job,” Davis said. “But like you are a good person and a bad person, you have good cops and you have bad cops, you have good politicians and you have bad politicians, you have good teachers and you have bad teachers. It’s just a matter of that person. I don’t go into too much detail about the bad things that happen.

“I want to be an honest solution agent.”

Jonathan Davis is signing autographs in Denver. (David Zalubowski / AP)

To this end, Davis was an active participant in Blue Joyce’s internal endeavors to better understand race-related issues, “” Just talk, just listen to one, “since” it’s half the battle. “

“Now you’re able to gain empathy with that person,” he added. “You are now able to allow changes.”

Still, Davis understands that the social change in the economy will ultimately come from lawyers, not sports teams, although there is certainly room for improvement in the vicinity of the league.

Asked about his own experience in professional baseball and being considered 10 steps behind due to being black in the game, he paused before saying, “This is a pretty tough question.”

“If you’re very talented, you’ll have a better chance of making it into this game,” Davis continued. “Although for many of us we have to stay in our P&K. We have to see the part, you have to sort the part, you have to talk to the part. That’s exactly it. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be the standard for everyone, but considering me as a black man in our culture, I think it’s very difficult for me to express who I am in this game. “

In part, because there are fewer African Americans than just on the field, as coaches and directors, and in various roles in the front office.

Blue Jess is relatively diverse with the Asia coach as well as the Latino manager and third base coach, but they have a few black leaders with the most prominent in the triple-position coach Devon White and special assistant for player development Tim Raines.

The lack of representation brings an impact at the grassroots level, where kids don’t play as much as they can in the game they don’t see reflected on TV, in the pro game where Dusty Baker is currently the only African American director in Houston and Dave Roberts.

“I don’t want to sit here and be black like every job. I’m not saying that, but I’m saying that (there’s no more) there must be some reason, “Davis said.” I mean, how do you have a seven-time gold glover in Triple-A? Personally, I think it’s the biggest asset. Who can learn better from him? No one else is being disrespected because I know there are a lot of people who can probably accomplish that task. But I’m just saying in terms of the conversation we’re having, that’s what I mean by representation. “

Davis fell in love with baseball as a child, and his childhood stories with his grandfather James Ray Davis grew up as the third baseman in the Negro Leagues. His father, Jacovis Ray Davis, was more interested in football and basketball but his son remembers running across to see what trap he could get before he threw a ball on the roof of their house and then touched the field. “That’s when my dad knew I was going to be a baseball player,” Davis said.

Eventually, he moved on to the travel ball, an expensive opportunity that pushed the sport out of the reach of disadvantaged communities. From there he moved on to the high school ball, where he was assigned to play at the University of Central Arkansas, performing well enough to be selected by the Blue Jade in the 15th round of the 2013 draft.

This is a path that is accessible to many.

“The Players Alliance was formed to help our communities and to support our community’s baseball, to help the children of mentors who have the opportunity to play this game,” said Davis. “As black Americans, we often do not have that direction.” And that’s what we’re missing, that history. You look at the Latin players, these guys a lot of times, they come from a good foundation. When the game comes they are disciplined. They taught the game. They are taught how to operate. They are taught how to be respectful and how to manage within the game. Things like this make a difference in being professional. When I say we’re behind in terms of games, that’s what my kind of stuff means. “

Davis is trying to make the most of his current opportunities with the help of Blue Jays. He started his season on Tuesday, hitting a two-run homer with a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees. His grandfather and father saw it together after James Roy’s latest chemotherapy for prostate cancer.

“It’s a great moment to see them live,” Davis said of Homer.

What the three generations of the Davis family want to see is a stronger move to eradicate racial injustice. Athletes can help bring attention to issues of discrimination but ultimately the government and police departments need to work to make progress.

“I really think that when we first change our heart, it changes first,” Davis said. “The change will come from the people who made the law, the standards that are setting in our country, because you can come on TV at any time and see people behaving like that person, it’s not good. There’s a lot of negativity going on here and we’re not consistent. -I used to feed at the stop. And that’s one of the reasons I really don’t like to talk about what happened after it happened. I want to be as positive as I can, because it affects how we affect other people, regardless of whether you know it. Influences the way we treat other people in life.

“We need to start here.”

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