To him, athletes are not simply bodies in a uniform, and this sentiment is amplified in a time when no sports are being played.
"We stand for more than just sports," Anderson said, according to James Fegan of The Athletic. "If you remove the sports, as you can see now, then what are we? We're human beings. We stand for more than our job title."
An active presence on social media, Anderson has been posting photographs of Chicago and documenting the anger that followed George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis on May 25.
"There are a lot of angry people out there who feel like they are going unheard," Anderson said.
White Sox teammate Lucas Giolito posted a statement on Saturday decrying racism and racial inequality throughout the United States. He followed that up on Monday urging people to do the work to get informed and actively pursue social reform.
"That was a very, very small gesture," Giolito said. "I’m not sitting here patting myself on the back because I wrote a few sentences and posted on social media. I really do urge people to join in on movements like Color of Change, Black Lives Matter, start reading up. Read about the history of institutionalized racism and how it's stuck around."