In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Fred Glass releases statement about nationwide protests
• IU men’s basketball releases video about nationwide protests
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and Indiana has taken a stand against racism.
It’s impossible to not be aware of the current nationwide demonstrations taking place concerning racism and social inequality.
In major cities and small towns alike, citizens are protesting the way police treat people of color, an issue this country has long grappled with.
The size and scope of these protests extends to social media, where coaches, players and other personnel representing every corner of IU Athletics have released statements or otherwise shown solidarity with those who have taken to the streets of the United States.
On Monday afternoon, outgoing IU Athletic Director Fred Glass released a statement standing with IU students in “collective devastation and outrage” over the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by police in Minneapolis whose death has been a rallying cry for protestors.
Glass’ statement went on to say despite the “overwhelming challenge that racism poses to all of us, that can’t deter us into inaction.”
In that vein, Glass scheduled meetings with IU student-athletes and coaches for this week, and ensured the IU Athletics Office of Counseling and Sport Psychology would be on hand to further provide them with the correct mental health services.
Glass also reaffirmed the rights for IU student-athletes found in the Indiana University Student Code of Conduct, which guarantees students the right to express their thoughts and opinions on any subject without university interference or fear of university disciplinary action and the right to engage in peaceful and orderly protests and demonstrations.
Social media postings have shown IU men’s basketball players Joey Brunk, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson all taking part in protests, and in a video released by the IU men’s basketball program Tuesday night, Thompson, a Minnesota native, said he participated in two marches in Minneapolis following Floyd’s death.
The video ended with words from Miller, his first public comments about the protests and the important message behind them.
“Racism is one of the great barriers in our society,” Miller said. “It in no way, shape or form can be tolerated. Let’s do our part for equality and collaboration, immediately.”
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