OU Football Team Holds Silent Protest During Practice


The University of Oklahoma football team held a silent protest earlier today in response to the racist chant from the university’s chapter of the SAE frat.

One of the players, Eric Striker, had responded to the video in a pretty angry video, saying, “Fuck you phony-ass, fraud-ass bitches.”

But today, all the players organized together on the field and silently stood there to show unity in response to the video:

The university has already taken some steps on campus, like expelling two students and adding a vice president of diversity, but the football team also wants to help heal the campus. The team released a statement reading “In light of the recent release of an undeniably, disgustingly racist video featuring members of a fraternity at our university, we the student-athletes of the University of Oklahoma have met to discuss the underlying issues that are at the heart of the matter.”

They continue:

“As a team, our goal first and foremost is to raise awareness of racism and discrimination on college campuses nationwide. These types of incidents occur nationwide every single year, and our hope is to shed light on this issue and promote meaningful change at a national level. But before we can change the nation, we make it our mission to change our campus… The chant was not invented by the two that led it, but was taught to underclassmen by people of higher authority. As a team, we have come to a consensus that, in any organization, the leadership is responsible for the culture created and, in this case, encouraged.”

You can also watch video of the team walking silently on the field here:

[h/t ABC News]
[image via screengrab]

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