Fa Leilua of Mississippi State softball
Karrington Jones of Texas Tech women's volleyball
Before I am a student athlete, I am BLACK. Being neutral about this subject is not possible. And being quiet about this subject is betrayal. Not only in America, but all over the world there is a problem that has yet to be solved. There have been years and years and YEARS of mind control, beating, raping, killing .. down right cruelty towards black people simply because we are a darker skintone. Our MUSIC, STYLE, FEATURES, HAIR, and PERSONALITIES are loved and copied, but we are hated. Pertaining to injustice and police brutality that we have seen towards black people time and time again, it boggles my brain that I got the talk about what to NOT do when coming in contact with a police officer before the birds and the bees. Basically, hold my breath until the encounter is over and thank God that I came in contact with “one of the good ones”. It’s sickening and hurtful to know that as black people, there are so many targets on our backs, there are so many people against us, there are so many people taught to dispise us. There are so many things we have to do RIGHT, to be treated like a human being. Black lives matter more than ever right now. Our people are being killed. Our people are being killed on video, at that. So just imagine what is being done to them off camera .. in jail .. in homes .. where there is no evidence. It seems as though peace and unity is not wanted in this country. Obedience is. Obedience under an oppressive system, that has never protected and served black people. However I KNOW a change is coming. An uproar of voices of all races has been booming through the entire US and even other countries. The system hearing EVERY voice, of EVERY race, of EVERY background is so important right now. USE! YOUR! VOICE! BEING SILENT ON AN ISSUE OF THIS STATURE IS TAKING THE SIDE OF THE OPPRESSOR. Together, TOGETHER .. we will make a change! If you are not with me then you are against me. Black lives matter, MY life matters!
Lyndsey Lopes of USC women's track & field
I interview my Dad @coachpetesaidso about his experiences with activism and how our generation can continue to educate ourselves and spread awareness. #blackinfluencers #blm #dickgregory #educateyourself #educatedblackwomen #educatedblackman #revolttv #revolt #revolttvlive #awareness #unitedstates #unity #mobilization #inclusion #allies #collegeathlete #community #espn #family #blackfamilygoals #georgefloyd #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforfloyd #justice #justiceforbreonnataylor #justiceforahmaudarbery
Juwan Tyus of Chattanooga football
I am a BLACK MAN!..... WE build .... WE don't tear down other BLACK MEN! ....WE have felt the pain of being torn down and I have decided I will be deliberate about building others! If I didn't tag you, please don't be offended. I tried to pick people I thought would do this challenge!! All too often, we men find it easier to criticize each other, instead of building each other up. With all the negativity going around let's do something positive!!🌟 Upload 1 picture of yourself...ONLY you. Then tag as many brothers to do the same. (FB only allows 50). Let's build ourselves up, instead of tearing ourselves down. If I tagged you, don't disappoint me!!
Kinsley Washington of UCLA softball
I have always been involved in the black community through experience and having parents who made sure that I was aware that the majority of others see my brothers and I as less than. Racism is not just individual instances. RACISM is EVERYWHERE. On my way to a travel ball game my dad got pulled over, not because he was speeding, not because something on his car was wrong, but the police officer “just wanted to check” if my father owned the car. A white man came to MY house trying to sell a product and when my mom answered the door this man asked to speak to the owners of the house, assuming she was the help there. My brother and uncle parked outside the front of my parents home after a UCLA football game ( around 10ish) and a white man driving by saw them on the porch and called the cops because he assumed they were “robbing the house”. Whenever I go into stores I notice myself being followed by employees to make sure “I don’t steal anything”. WAKE UP! This has been an ongoing systemic issue. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO ABOUT POLITICS. This has everything to do with the simple fact of BLACK PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF LIVING IN FEAR. EXHAUSTED OF SEEING FRIENDS AND FAMILY BE KILLED AND CONSIDERED A THREAT SOLEY BY THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. For all my non-black followers. Educating others around you and trying to change their hearts would be the most helpful! In general, PLEASE use your voice/ platform to speak up about injustices seen on a daily basis or actively acknowledging and informing others that white skin comes with instilled privilege. White privilege does NOT mean your life hasn’t been hard, it means that your skin tone isn’t one of the things making it harder! #blacklivesmatter
Nikiya Mitchell of Towson women's volleyball
"I fluctuated between anger and incomprehensible sadness up until the last day or two. I would indulge myself in social media as everyone went up in flames the same way I did."— Towson Volleyball (@Towson_VB) June 10, 2020
📰 - https://t.co/9AxHilLlSb#UnitedWeRoar | #NCAAVB pic.twitter.com/Yd6djYonb1
Andy Katz talks with Alabama State basketball's Mo Williams and D.J. Heath
Lakeland's women's basketball team
Listen with us. Learn with us. We will use our voices for good. Keep the conversations going. Empathize with one another. Never settle. We will stand strong together. We will RISE ABOVE racism and oppression. Black Lives Matter. #RiseAbove #Unitedwestand #BLM pic.twitter.com/XneiOHSaiV— Lakeland Women's Basketball (@MuskiesWBB) June 14, 2020
Andy Katz talks with all six DI men's basketball coaches in Mississippi about the state's flag
A conversation with Georgia Tech men's basketball's Malachi Rice and Minnesota wrestling's Gable Steveson
Raquel Lazaro of USC women's volleyball
The more I am learning, the more heartbroken I am because of all the injustice that the black community has experienced all these years. Sharing love is very easy. If you haven’t already; start by showing how much you appreciate the people you have shared experiences, laughs, and adventures with. Love your neighbor as you love yourself, because we are all made of the same. ~LOVE HAS NO COLORS~ ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿❤️
Elijah Barnes of Princeton men's basketball
I would like to make it clear that this is NOT about me, this is not about any individual. This is about those whose voices have been silenced for generations. People of color matter, black lives MATTER. And I urge you to assist in not only protest and social media, but continuing this by voting and affecting legislative change. Yesterday I gave a speech at a peaceful protest by @peacebyu alongside my brothers and sisters in Asbury Park, NJ. I want to make it clear that there is only 1 side to this, the side of justice. And you can be the change. So please, USE YOUR VOICE. #Blacklivesmatter I love y’all, thank you for listening and thank you for fighting this fight alongside myself and so many others🖤
Lance McCutcheon Jr. of Montana State football
We are BLACK MEN! We build. We don’t tear down other BLACK MEN! We have felt the pain of being torn down and we have decided we will be deliberate about building others! If I didn’t tag you, please don’t be offended. I tried to pick people I thought would do this challenge! All too often, we men find it easier to criticize each other, instead of building each other up. With all the negativity going around, let’s do something positive! 🌟 Upload 1 picture of yourself... ONLY you. Then tag as many brothers to do the same. Let’s build ourselves up, instead of tearing ourselves down. 💛 COPY AND PASTE 💛 If I tagged you, don’t disappoint me! ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽
A.J. Andrews of LSU softball
In sports we often use the phrase “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” in order to grow as athletes, in order to get to the next phase of success. In Life it is no different. In order to make a change in this world, you have to be comfortable with the fact that the time is ALWAYS right to do what is right despite your feelings. . If discussing systematic racism & the constant murders of black and brown people makes you uncomfortable, GOOD! It should! I promise it’s twice as uncomfortable for those who experience it. I ask you to ask yourself what you are doing in the wake of injustice? Did you step up to the plate? Did You even show up to the game? Are you a good teammate in life or just on the field? Because this isn’t just a trending topic, this is life or death! #georgefloyd is more then a hashtag, he was a human being, a child of God. Fact is When the hashtags fade, discrimination based off of the color of ones skin, MY SKIN will persist until we all come together to actively fight against it through continuous conversation, education & actions! . It is time for a change, it’s time for unity, love and growth & I’m hurt, disappointed but mostly determined to be apart of that change! #bethechange #blm #blacklivesmatter
Savannah Matthews of Kent State women's volleyball
Hey y’all, it’s pride month. This is a great time to recognize, and celebrate what makes each of us so unique. The LGBTQ+ community is another group that has experienced ongoing injustices and their cries for equality need to be heard as well. As a woman of color and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I can say that times are EXTREMELY overwhelming right now, but I can sense change coming. Gay, bi, straight, black, white, mixed, no matter how you identify, who you love, or what ethnicity you are, we ALL need to continue to stand together during these times, and keep fighting the good fights🖤🤎🤍❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #blm #pride #equalityforall ALSO IF ANY OF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF PLEASE DM ME
Brandon Johnson of Babson men's basketball
"I am not a target, I am not a criminal, and for far too long this country has treated people who look like me like exactly that. We’re done with the devaluation of black lives and black bodies." - Brandon Johnson, @Babsonhoops #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Tq4ct2UYkB— NCAA Division III (@NCAADIII) June 18, 2020
Temple's Aaron McKie, De'Vondre Perry, J.P. Moorman discuss experiences with systemic racism
Jayson Moorman of Mars Hill men's lacrosse
Crystal Childs of Clemson women's volleyball
I kneel for my brothers and sisters who have fallen into the hands of injustice. I stand behind my brothers and sisters in the frontlines of the fight for equality. OUR HUMANITY IS NOT UP FOR DEBATE! I will continue to use my voice for the ones who have been silenced. I will continue to take the steps forward for the ones who can no longer walk. We can not fight fire with fire but WE CAN bring light to the darkness that has been over this world for too long✊🏾 ❤️ #blacklivesmatter
Marissa Ray of UC San Diego women's soccer
Growing up, I hated that the fact that people would only ever see me as “black”. Not as an honors student, not a college athlete, not a Christian, not an activist, not even a kind person. Where I come from, anyone could refer to me as the “black girl” and everyone would know who that was. It used to frustrate me that my entire existence and all my accomplishments could be overshadowed by two words, “black, girl”. However this doesn’t frustrate me anymore. When I hear “black” I also hear: beautiful, intelligent, strong, creative, and powerful. And I will continue to fight until the world hears these words too. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼
Lennette Butler of Gallaudet softball
#Gallaudet softball student-athlete Lennette Butler created a video, I'm Tired - #BlackLivesMatter (ASL Version), to bring attention to the frustrations and exhaustion of black deaf students. We see you, we “hear” you, and we are listening.https://t.co/SzT1yWTY6c via @YouTube— Gallaudet Bison (@GallaudetBison) June 9, 2020
A Juneteenth Q&A with former Colgate star Adonal Foyle
- You can read an insightful Q&A with former Colgate star Adonal Foyle here. Foyle was born in Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and has a unique perspective on his experiences as a black man from from a country where, in his words, "Many of the people in power and in government in the Caribbean are black like me." Foyle graduated from Colgate with a bachelor’s degree in history and played 13 years in the NBA. He founded Democracy Matters during his pro career, a nonprofit, student organization focused on creating civic-engagement opportunities for young people.
- You can read more about the NCAA's recognition of Juneteenth here.
Chloe Johnson of Ohio State women's lacrosse
We are BLACK WOMEN!.....We build...We don’t tear down other BLACK WOMEN ....We have felt the pain of being torn down and NOT BEING HEARD! We have been carrying our hurt and hiding it to be labeled the strong black women. We have been called loud, ghetto, aggressive, and angry. WE ARE MUCH MORE. If I didn’t tag you don’t be offended. I tried to pick people I thought would do this challenge!! All to often, we women find it easier to criticize each other, instead of building each other up. With all the negativity around let’s do something positive!!🌟Upload one picture of yourself... Only you... then tag as many sisters to do the same. Let’s build ourselves up instead of tearing ourselves down. 🖤🤎COPY AND PASTE🤎🖤
Cheyenne Lindsey of Florida softball
Im usually not very personal on social media. You may see pictures of my softball career or little insights mere moments away from the field. I am An Athlete with a platform that many others are not blessed with. It is my duty as an African American woman to use my platform to educate and stand up for what is right. So this is me being personal and open. I am a Black Woman in a sport that does not have much diversity. Everyday I try to set an example so little girls that look like me know that softball can be a sport that they can play. They do not have to run track or play basketball. These are our Implicit Biases that shape they way others think of themselves. We put stigmas and boxes on one another and make it hard to break open those boxes. I have first hand felt the effects of discrimination. Hair is an important part of Black Culture but sometimes we aren’t allowed to fully express ourselves for fear of discrimination. For fear of being a distraction or fear of hearing comments about different hair changes when we wear our natural hair. The slight step sideways when a person sees me walking down the street or the surprise when I speak. I’ve been constantly told “wow you are very articulate” or “you talk white.” What is talking “white?” Because it seems as if me, a Black Woman is not able to assemble eloquent words together to correctly express myself. As if I am expected to speak in broken sentences. As if I am linguistically challenged. To feel as though you cannot fully express your feelings in fear of being labeled as the Angry Black woman. This goes way beyond police brutality. This is about a Country that was built on slavery and oppression, a Country that has failed to acknowledge the effects these events have on minorities. If I do not allow my voice to be heard how can I expect those that want to speak up and make a difference to take initiative. We must not only talk about it but be about it. Change starts with Us.
Jamira Mashore of Winthrop women's lacrosse
We are BLACK LADIES!...We build.... We don’t tear down other BLACK LADIES...We have felt the pain of being torn down and we have decided we will be deliberate about building others! If I didn’t tag you please don’t be offended. I tried to pick people I thought would do this challenge!! All too often we LADIES find it easier to criticize each other, instead of building each other up. With all the negativity going around let’s do something positive!! 🌸 Upload 1 picture of yourself...Only you. Then tag as many SISTERS to do the same. Let’s build ourselves up, instead of tearing ourselves down. 💜💜 COPY AND PASTE 💜💜 If I tagged you, don’t disappoint me!!