Dabo Swinney: "God created us all equal. Period."


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Dabo Swinney on the hill before the Clemson-ND game
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What is Dabo Swinney's message to his players in today's social and political climate? "Go change the world."

Swinney appeared on the Paul Finebaum Show Wednesday afternoon where he was asked about how he addresses tragic events like what took place during violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

"We communicate with our players all the time," Swinney said. "These players don't live in a cave. It's very sad to see some of the ignorance that takes place in this country. One of the worst things about social media is it gives everybody a platform. Even the ignorant people of this world ...

"I think this is a great world we live in. The positive of social media is that it also exposes it. What we try to do with our players is have great communication and we try to empower these guys to take what they have here and go dominate life."

Swinney's charge to his players is based on his faith.

"You love your neighbor," he said. "Regardless of what their skin color is. Regardless of what their religion is. (It's) how to treat people, acts of kindness - help someone up. We try to create opportunities for our players time and time again (to do that).

"We have a very unique opportunity with the game of football to really be an example of how you live your life and how you can love - again, someone who may not look the same way you do. They didn't come from the same neighborhood. They have different backgrounds and religions and so forth.

"Have respect for another person. Another human being. As a person of faith, that's just what I believe. I believe that God created us all equal. Period. The end."

With that example set, Swinney sees the bright side in America's future.

"If we would all love our neighbor as we love our self, this would be a much better country," said Swinney. "Two years from now there will still be ignorance. Whenever there's people, there's evil. That's never going to change.

"Hopefully, the young men that we produce, and we can only do so much with our platform, hopefully, we can use our platform to be positive and to go out and live our lives in such a way that's a good example to other people in how you treat and love others."


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