UK Athletics urges Big Blue Nation to fight racism and bigotry
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UK Athletics urges Big Blue Nation to fight racism and bigotry

Jack Pilgrimover 1 year


Article written by:Jack PilgrimJack Pilgrim
UK Athletics has released a statement on the recent and continued racial injustices going on throughout the United States. After the recent killings George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among countless others, UK Athletics urged the Big Blue Nation to stand against racism and bigotry. "Our student-athletes inspire. They uplift. They lead," the statement read. "Even in the midst of a time of great pain, especially for our black student-athletes, they are doing it again. Faced with yet more reminders of the presence of racism and bigotry in this country after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and too many others, they are speaking out. They will not do it alone. "We call on the Big Blue Nation to join us: listen, hear, empathize, act, support our black student-athletes, just as you do when they represent us in competition." Not long after, UK Athletics, both Kentucky basketball accounts, and the UK football account were among the sports to take part in #BlackOutTuesday, a social media movement supporting the protests against police brutality and equality as a whole. UK head coach John Calipari also released numerous statements on the matter, including a two-minute video showing heartfelt support for those affected by racial injustice and calling to end racism.

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