Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, a Bismarck, N.D., native and former North Dakota State University star, tweeted Thursday that "institutional racism in this country breaks my heart."

Wentz was referring to the death of George Floyd, the black man who died after having a white Minneapolis police officer kneel on his neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd's death has sparked protests and riots in the Twin Cities.

"All I know is institutional racism in this country breaks my heart and needs to stop. Can't even fathom what the black community has to endure on a daily basis," Wentz tweeted.

"Being from North Dakota, I've spent a large part of my life surrounded by people of similar color, so I'm never gonna act like I know what the black community goes through or even has gone through already," Wentz wrote. "I'll never know the feeling of having to worry about my kids going outside because of their skin color.

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"However, I do know that we are equal at the foot of the cross and Jesus taught us to value others' lives like they were our own — regardless of skin tone.

"So, this might seem like a ramble — and maybe perhaps it is. I don't understand the society we live in that doesn't value all human life. It's heartbreaking and disturbing. My prayers go out to every man, woman, and child that has to endure the effects of racism in our society."