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Doc Rivers Has Powerful Message Amid Racial Justice Protests

A closeup of Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers addressing the media.

PLAYA VISTA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers answers questions from the media at the Los Angeles Clippers Training Center on September 25, 2017 in Playa Vista, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

The racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin and around the country have struck a profound chord with Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

After his Clippers' 154-111 win over the Dallas Mavericks last night, Rivers had a powerful, emotional message for those opposed to the racial justice movement. He called out President Donald Trump and others who are "talking about fear" despite it being African-Americans who live in fear of coming into contact with police.

"All you hear is Donald Trump & all of them talking about fear," Rivers said. "We're the ones getting killed. We're the ones getting shot... It's amazing, we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back."

In a tear-filled address, Rivers invoked many of the crimes committed against African-Americans through history. He lamented the state of things and how frustrating it is to see double-standards between different protests.

It's a powerful statement from the Clippers head coach. You can watch Rivers' whole appeal here:

The protests in Kenosha began earlier this week, when footage of an officer shooting Jacob Blake multiple times in the back went public.

It isn't just Kenosha citizens that are protesting for racial justice. Sports teams like the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and others have publicly shown solidarity with the movement.

But few have truly articulated the systemic problem that's causing all of the protests as much as Doc Rivers.

Thanks coach, we all needed that.