By Christopher Aumueller
The right words can empower, encourage and galvanize countless souls to take a stand against the most harrowing issues.
But what are the right words?
What are the right words when turning on the television and seeing a black man murdered in broad daylight? What are the right words when it’s 2020, and the cries of the oppressed often continue to go unheard? What are the right words when a country that prides itself on freedom and social equality is still plagued by the plight of racial injustice?
There is no perfect collection of words to make sense of a world where a person is discriminated against because of the color of their skin. However, there is one word that we believe illuminates one of the only real roads to change: Empathy.
Ongoing issues have forced people from all walks of life to take a step back and view life from a broader scope. Industry leaders all over the world are speaking out in support of the oppressed.
In sports, we see many athletes, teams, and brands like Nike and Adidas come together and unite for the greater good.
In this article, we compiled 30 voices from college sports leaders that we believe found “the right words” and continue to speak up against racical injustices.
Black lives matter, today and every day.
Hopefully, some of these words inspire and spark action.
Clemson | Football Student-Athlete
There has to be a shift in the way of thinking. Rational must outweigh irrational. Justice must outweigh injustice. Love must outweigh hate.— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) May 29, 2020
If you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and you don’t like how it feels-that’s when you know things need to change.
UCLA Women’s Gymnastics
Our hearts ache for the hurt in our country. We must address racial prejudice and violence. We must do better. The fear and danger suffered by the black community is real. Let’s educate, organize and implement plans for change. pic.twitter.com/N3ygOyrZPz— UCLA Gymnastics (@uclagymnastics) May 31, 2020
Indiana | Head Football Coach
Maryland | Athletic Director
Today, and every day forward, we must stand together, steadfast and fearless, and lead the change. I am guided by a relentless belief that all of us, together as Terps, can be a force in the dismantling of injustice in our society. #OneMaryland pic.twitter.com/75OQPfoRci— Damon Evans (@Evans_TerpsAD) June 1, 2020