The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has caught the attention of the world. From live protests to written statements, many have voiced their opinions on racism and social injustice in America.
Members of the UL Athletics community have also added their voices to the causes, including UL Football Head Coach Billy Napier:
His two page statement on twitter included, "What happened in Minneapolis, that tragedy, isn't the first of it's kind. That reality is sad and frightening. The harsh truth is that prejudice and racism still very much exists among us, much like many other forms of wrongdoing and harm... The question is, simply, what will we do? What will I do? And what will you do? The challenge is there. It always has been. It's time to organize our thoughts, to develop plans and create opportunities for more education and awareness. It's time to listen. It's time to be at our best. One person at a time. One relationship at a time. Be the difference!"
UL Men's Basketball Head Coach Bob Marlin chimed in as well on twitter "Saddened by the senseless death of #GeorgeFloyd. Racism and hate must stop! We need to stand together against injustice! MLK said it best...'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter' #SpeakOut"
Saddened by the senseless death of #GeorgeFloyd. Racism and hate must stop! We need to stand together against injustice! MLK said it best...”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”#SpeakOut— Bobby Marlin (@bobbymarlin) May 31, 2020
Several other former and current Cajuns also weighed in and participated in the protest in Lafayette and other places.
Former Cajuns All-American and Steelers 4th round draft pick Kevin Dotson:
All I want is ACCOUNTABILITY for what the cop did. In any other profession death by someone’s negligence is getting arrested and if somebody at the job seen it and didn’t say something they get arrested too. Why can nurses and doctors be held accountable but not a cop??— Kevin Dotson (@kdd7696) May 28, 2020
Cajuns Strength & Conditioning coach Mark Hocke:
New Iberia native and Cajuns junior DL Zi'Yon HIll:
“You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom” pic.twitter.com/zZjDQAMWnp— Ziyon Hill (@HillZiyon) May 31, 2020
Former Cajuns LB Chandler Wachholtz:
Cajuns football defensive backs coach Lamar Morgan
The preacher this AM said WE have a EVIL/HATE problem! This isn’t a political problem, it’s a HEART problem! Wrong is WRONG, Right is RIGHT!— LaMar Morgan (@CoachLMorgan) May 31, 2020
I’m a CHRISTian correct? But what have I done? Or do I just stay in my bubble?
No #s needed just CHANGE! WE ARE THE DIFFERENCE! ❤️🧎🏾♂️🙏🏽 https://t.co/Qfm2f8Uwyr