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KC Star: Sporting's Khiry Shelton speaks out on being Black in America

The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others have left Sporting Kansas City forward Khiry Shelton heartbroken, angry and frustrated.

Shelton, whose father is Black and mother is Caucasian, has since been prompted to speak out—to no longer stay publicly silent about such an important and impactful topic.

In an emotional feature story penned by Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star, Shelton has opened up about the challenges he faces as a black American and his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I lost it,” Shelton said in reference to the killing of Floyd. “I broke down and just cried. I was angry, sad, frustrated. But mostly, I was in pain. I’m just in pain.”

Shelton recently took to Instagram, using the platform to address these deep-rooted issues. He doesn't plan to stop there.

“I’m going to let people know that I’m a Black man, and this is what I stand for,” Shelton said. “I’m going to do something to stand up for what’s right.”

To read McDowell's full story, click here.