Chara after participating in protest: 'I stand with the black community'

After participating in a peaceful protest in Boston on Friday, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara shared some of his thoughts on the growing fight against racism and inequality in America.

"For the last 13 days I have been sick about George Floyd's murder. I have taken time to think and listen," Chara's statement on Saturday read. "Time to find bravery and time to try to find the right words, though I'll admit I'm still struggling.

"First thing is first and let me be clear: I stand with the black community. Black lives matter. There is no room in this world for racism, period."

The 43-year-old Slovakian acknowledged that as a foreigner in America, he's dealt with his share of adversity over the years. But Chara's challenges were "not made harder, or impossible" because of his skin color.

"I will never know what it's like to walk down a street and feel unsafe," his statement continued. "No one should have to experience that feeling. We have to take better care of each other and. Equality must be a priority. Anything less is unacceptable."

Chara made it clear he'll continue to educate himself and others going forward.

"I learned a lot yesterday and had good, honest conversations," he added. "Not only did we take steps in a walk but we made strides in learning and educating together. But it doesn't stop there.

"I will continue to stand - and walk - with you. I have your back."

Chara after participating in protest: 'I stand with the black community'
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