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Trevor Lawrence shares “actionable steps to create real change” on behalf of CFB players

Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Is this the beginning of another widespread social media campaign by collegiate athletes? Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has posted a new message — this time, using the hashtags #Change and #OurVoiceMatters — along with two graphics labeled as a “statement from CFB players.” The message notes that while action will be “flexible” due to the variety of involved campuses and communities, the overarching goal is the same for everyone: change.

The following five points are listed as the “actionable steps to create real change” requested by the players:

  • All players register to vote; no athletic obligations on Nov. 3 to ensure student athletes have the ability to vote.
  • Discussions with university presidents and administrators about racial injustice and how to create initiatives to “further empower our communities.”
  • Community outreach initiatives via clothing, food, school supply and book drives; amplify current local organizations that are benefitting communities.
  • Normalize having routine conversations between college football teams and respective police departments, local governance and community leaders to “build trust and empathy.”
  • Raise awareness on game days via statements on shirts, helmets and jerseys; play tribute videos to recognize victims of racial injustice and share our own stories.

Here’s a look at the specifics, provided by Lawrence’s tweet from Sunday evening:

Roughly a month ago, Trevor Lawrence also helped jumpstart the #WeWantToPlay movement as reports began surfacing the fall football season may be canceled across all Power 5 schools, particularly in the Big Ten conference. At that time, ESPN reported college football’s biggest stars joined together in a 45-minute Zoom call spearheaded by Lawrence to create a “call to action by making a handful of specific requests.”

That original message spread like wildfire across the college football world, particularly on Twitter, including messages by several current Wildcats.

Now, it seems as though we’re beginning to see those requests.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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22 Comments for Trevor Lawrence shares “actionable steps to create real change” on behalf of CFB players

  1. BowdenQB4ever
    5:57 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

    No thanks

    • claiborne_field
      6:01 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

      No thanks? To what exactly?

  2. mashman 93
    6:13 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

    Is he wanting to form a union?

  3. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    7:22 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t have any problem with these except the term “racial injustice”. That term is being thrown around heavily these days. Justice in America is determined in a court of law where suspects are innocent until proven guilty. We don’t determine justice from short video clips from a cell phone without context. We don’t determine that I think I saw racially motivated just because one person is black and one is white. And when the verdict is read, guilty or not guilty, we don’t get to claim justice was not done just because we don’t like the verdict. Unless something illegal occurs in the trial then that is our justice system working. So when players want to put the names of “victims of racial injustice” on their helmets and jerseys, I have an issue with that because their definition of “racial injustice” is based on their feelings in which case, they should be able to display any message about anything they want.

    • Booher
      7:38 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

      The justice system is what’s wrong the defendants should not be seen by the judge and he or she should not no about the defendants only the facts same with jury

    • Mtn14Grunt
      7:39 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

      Facts like the person killed was holding a deadly weapon despite people choosing to ignore this fact?

  4. Mtn14Grunt
    7:38 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

    Can a player put the name of a black person who was killed by another black person? Because I’m pretty sure BLM is going to be one of the main messages put in jerseys. What about the name of a white person that was killed by a black person when it was proven they were a target due to “white privilege”? While I applaud these kids trying to use their platform for positive change, they are no looking at the big picture here. Racial injustice goes many ways, not just black vs white.

  5. BlueSteel
    8:45 pm September 6, 2020 Permalink

    All of you can say whatever you like because this is America and freedom of speech is one of the bedrocks of our nation. The problem is that you will be on the wrong side of history. Yes, there are issues on both sides but many of the things that are said today against equal justice, racial injustice and fair treatment are the same things that were being said in the 60s. Perhaps the players can fine tune their agenda or go about it in a different way but the major point is that they want to do SOMETHING because they see the problem and feel that they should step up.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:14 am September 7, 2020 Permalink

      So pointing out facts such as the amount of abortions in the black community and black on black crime is being on the wrong side of history? Pointing out facts such as the reason the cops were called (alleged sexual assault), by a black woman, on Jacob Blake, and that he may have retrieved a karambit (if that is what happened…we don’t know for sure yet) is being on the wrong side of history? Drew Brees putting that guy’s name on his helmet before we know all the facts is shameful. He has shown a spine of jelly. Waiting for all the facts to come out is being on the right side of history. Waiting for the jury to decide if 7 shots to the back (while the suspect may have been holding a karambit) was excessive force is being on the right side of history.

      BTW, for those who don’t know what a karambit is:

    • VirginiaCat
      1:11 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      It is ludicrous to compare the “justice” climate of the 60s to today. The civil rights movement then was peaceful, even though racial conditions were much, much worse than presently. Today, peaceful protests are overshadowed by wanton violence. Statues are being torn down, names removed from buildings, businesses looted and destroyed, mob violence is common place, and political correctness is used as a weapon to shout down anyone who dares to take exception. To say that people who question these events are on the wrong side of history is both wrong and arrogant. The worse part is that the current “movement” offers little in the way of constructive remedies. The emphasis seems to be on defuding the police, denouncing our values and institutions, and wearing BLM clothing to show that we are “woke.”

    • Mtn14Grunt
      1:19 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      It you want to talk about history, then clearly you are versed enough to know the violence we see happening has nothing to do with racial I justice and everything to do with overturning American society for political revolution. Look at how the Russian, Chinese, Cuban, and Venezuelan revolutions started and tell me what we see today is about racial injustice.

    • BlueSteel
      2:23 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      I never said that the black community was perfect – In fact in my third sentence I said that yes, there are issues on both sides. Also, I did not say that the movement of today and the one in the 60s was exactly the same. I said that what is being said (from the opposition) is similar to what was being said in the 60s. Certainly, you can pick apart anyone or anything and find flaws – and that definitely goes for BOTH sides. I am looking at the big picture and if you sincerely believe that there is not a race issue in our country then I really don’t know what to tell you except good luck.

    • Mtn14Grunt
      4:51 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not denying there are issues. But these aren’t “race issues”, they are “people issues”. And no matter how much support a group gets, if the leading voice is an organization that openly supports Marxism it is just oxymoronic to say the way things are being advocated are correct.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:41 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      There clearly is a race issue, but there is not the systemic institutional racism that BLM claims. There is no coordinated effort throughout America to hunt down black people like Keion Brooks has been apparently convinced of. The solution to race issues will never come from a Marxist, anti-nuclear family (among other thins) group like BLM that hates America and everything good about it

    • BlueSteel
      4:24 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      Please look at the big picture. To focus only on the group BLM is beneath you. You are obviously an intelligent person who is able to think for himself (Off the subject but your name choice alone proves that – kudos). When these young men and quite honestly most black people or people in general that are concerned, say black lives matter they are not saying it as some representative of a specific organization. They are just saying please let black people have a fair chance. I can’t speak for someone else but even if there is not a coordinated effort to hunt down black people there appears to be a big difference in the way blacks are treated. It is almost as if the assumption is guilt not innocence. It appears as if some feel like they can be more rough or get in a couple of extra shots… or they can lie about the situation because either no one will care or the white person will be believed over the black person. Some of that is changing with video evidence. I don’t believe that the far left has all the answers just as I certainly don’t believe the far right does either. Together though, and with those from both sides who are willing to listen we can get things done. There has to be a willingness to really hear what each other is saying and to believe another persons life experience and not just cast it away because it is not your reality.

    • Mtn14Grunt
      7:01 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      If BLM isn’t at the center, why hasn’t the majority in this conversation come out and condemned the group for their beliefs?

    • BlueSteel
      8:12 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      Why are you so focused on BLM?

    • Mtn14Grunt
      10:47 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      What organization, symbol, group has been the driving force for the protests? I am the least racist person you will meet. I served in the military with people of every color and race, and never had an issue. Because I believed they should be judged based off of their merits. Most of the incidents sparking the “protests” are centered around individuals who were committing a crime, and in some cases, had done some pretty awful things which made them dangerous in the eyes of Law Enforcement. It’s not like they were just walking down the street and the police pointed them out. So either the whole argument is based upon reacting but ignoring all of the facts, or it is being driven by an ideology and agenda. Racial equality is always a people issue, just like saying because I am white the things I’ve worked hard for aren’t deserving. How is this not racism in itself?

    • BlueSteel
      11:07 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      I believe you when you say you’re the least racist person. I also agree with you that people should be judged based on their merits but unfortunately everyone doesn’t get that opportunity… And that’s the point. I’m certainly not saying what you’ve worked hard for is not deserved because you’re white. You earned it – that’s great.

    • kjd
      8:57 am September 8, 2020 Permalink

      BLM organization is the originator of the phrase. It belongs to them. You can’t use the phrase and say it means something else.

  6. VirginiaCat
    8:23 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

    As to different treatment, it is important to recognize that in some respects blacks are treated better. Consider affirmative action programs that have been in effect for decades. These programs have become embedded and will always be with us. Blacks receive preferential treatment when it comes to college admissions, hiring practices, promotions, contract set asides, etc. America is the most race conscious country in the world. If you are black and motivated, your race is a substantial competitive advantage. You speak for blacks who say, “let black people have a fair chance.” Really? The current environment for blacks is not just fair, it is more than fair. But you can’t leverage unprecedented opportunities unless you reject the notion of victimization and maximize the advantages at your disposal.

    • BlueSteel
      11:16 pm September 7, 2020 Permalink

      You say these things as if they are 100% true and some may be but the point is that in the end to a lot of people all they see is a black person and that illicits negative notions in their minds and then things spiral out of control from there. More than fair?? Really? Based on what? Sure, some people play the victim but that is not everyone. Like I have said earlier if you are not at least willing to listen and consider a reality that is not your own then it is easy to play the what about game.