WXYZ — Pistons head coach Dwane Casey knows all what it feels like to looked at differently.
As a child growing up in Kentucky, Casey told Action Sports reporter Justin Rose he could feel that there were students that didn't want him there.
"The fear and the anxiety that I used to have when I was going to school, and then I look at my son, and I hope and pray that his future, his 8 & 9 year-old years weren't like mine, where he had to go into school and fight every day for who he was, against people that didn't want him there, today, that part he doesn't have to worry about, but again there's still things like that that jump up and trigger you," Casey said in a Zoom interview Monday.
In the interview you can see on Rose's twitter account, the two discussed their emotions over the weekend as protests and riots took over American cities coast to coast.
Spoke with @Pistons head coach Dwane Casey today about the racial injustices that have trigged a national outcry for justice and change.— Justin Rose (@JRoseWXYZ) June 1, 2020
In all my years of doing this, this was the most open & in-depth conversation I've had with a professional coach. #Pistons
There's 6 parts. pic.twitter.com/UthtOck63O
Casey says that he hopes this time is different, and that it won't end with a conversation.
"The majority has to step up and help, we as African-Americans, we can voice our opinion, we can try to work for change, but we have to do it together. We can't just do it as a minority race, I think everybody has to go in together to effect change and I promise you it's going to make our world better," Casey said.