BLACK OUT STORIES | Sean Johnson
2020 was a year that really gave me an indication of where we truly are as a nation. However, during these dark times there were many rays of hope that I’m thankful for. The Blackout Collection jersey collaboration presented a unique opportunity to capture so much of the culture, passion, and pain that I’ve experienced over the past year.
Playing in New York City these past three seasons has given me the opportunity to live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Two Bridges, located on the Hudson in Manhattan, is the location I chose to do the photo shoot. This is symbolic of what I experienced in 2020 with a strong connection between two different parts of a city that are connected by one strong foundation. In a year where much of our country was divided, I also experienced people of all backgrounds coming together in NYC as one to fight for equality and equity for Black people.
My parents were born in Jamaica and moved here at a young age to give me the opportunity to lead a better life than they had. The raw emotion of just thinking about what they sacrificed and seeing some of the hateful and painful events that transpired over the past year has been really difficult to put into words. Up until 2020, my experiences led me to be observant and not to be outspoken in many situations due to the fear of having my voice suppressed or being removed from the room. Coming together with my brothers to form the BPC gave us a unified voice. Most importantly it gave me the ability to speak up and be heard without the fear of consequence knowing I can now stand up for those who are in the same position I was.
To whoever gets to wear this jersey, I hope I’m able to do for you what my parents did for me. I’m committed to knocking down barriers to make this country a more equitable and fair place for you to shine.