The University of Maryland women’s basketball team collectively added its voice Friday to those condemning social injustice and racial inequality in America.
In a video posted to the team’s official Twitter page, members of the team took turns reading pieces of a statement that the team also posted to Twitter.
“For far too long, we have seen social injustice and racial inequality continue to tear our nation apart,” said the players after expressing condolences to the families of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. “Enough is enough. We will not be silent. We ARE and we MUST continue to speak up to advocate for all black lives.
“We should not have to fear the loss of loved ones because of skin color. We should not have to fear that one of our names could be added to the list of lives lost. We will fight as long as we have to for justice. It is our obligation to build a just and equal future for generations to come.”
Our strong student-athletes spent time together this week to listen and find ways to ignite the change we need.— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) June 5, 2020
We will not be silent as black lives are lost in an unjust system and society.
We are united as ONE team, ONE family, ONE Maryland. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/EsEOuCPRVd
The players were joined by head coach Brenda Frese in reciting the statement, which acknowledged the team’s respect for police men and women but said “there have to be consequences for actions for everyone, regardless of occupation.”
The team joins other Terps athletics squads in addressing social injustices, including the football team on Tuesday. In its statement, the football team outlined a plan for how it will be a leader in creating change. Likewise, the women encouraged people to become informed, raise awareness, sign petitions, donate, practice their rights and vote.
“We come from different backgrounds, communities, cultures and experiences,” said the team. “We are united in using our platform to generate change as ONE team, ONE family and ONE Maryland.”
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