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Lions WR Quintez Cephus wants to start a dialogue about racism

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Quintez Cephus is hoping to set up personal conversations with fans about racism in America.

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

In light of the national conversation about race going on in America, Detroit Lions rookie receiver Quintez Cephus wants to be involved. Last week, the former Wisconsin Badger reached out on Instagram, inviting those frustrated or angry with current events to have a personal chat with him.

“I’ve been inspired by what’s happening in our country,” Cephus wrote in an Instagram post. “I want to talk to anyone who feels frustrated and angry. I want to be a beacon of hope. I want to support all those doing what they can to change the world we live in.”

Cephus, himself, feels like he’s been a victim of racism in America. Back in 2017, his father was murdered in Cephus’ hometown of Macon, Georgia by a man from a rival gang.

“As someone whose life trajectory has been affected by their race, I feel deeply about everything happening in our country right now,” Cephus said. “Most of you know my story... 2018 - 2019 was the most challenging stretch of my life. Amidst those challenges, my father died. Do I think race played a role? YES.”

Now Cephus is hoping to add his voice to the conversation, hoping to bring hope, understanding, and—hopefully—a little peace. His Instagram posts includes his email address (CallsWithQuintez@gmail.com) in the hopes to set up a phone call with anyone who needs it.

“Email me so we can set a time to talk,” Cephus wrote. “What’s happening right now is too important. Let’s Talk.”