Mark Stoops and John Calipari aren’t the only Kentucky head coaches speaking out regarding recent injustices following George Floyd’s death in Minnesota. Volleyball head coach Craig Skinner posted a statement on Twitter Sunday afternoon signed by all of the SEC’s volleyball coaches, which says the coaches have “a unique opportunity to step forward, but also an obligation to actively fight racism and we must advocate for real change.”
“As leaders of young women, we must fulfill our responsibility to actively fight racism and we must start now,” the statement begins. “No longer can we wait because our silence signifies complicity in the treatment of Black people. In order to pursue what is fair and just, we must also confront injustice, and that means acknowledging the existence of racism and its many forms, both in subtle expressions and blatant transgressions.”
The statement also emphasizes the group of coaches “cannot understand the daily struggles of being Black,” but the group is committed to standing up against “the unjust and unfair treatment of Black people.”
Here’s the entire statement:
The volleyball coaches’ statement comes a few days after the SEC released a unified statement of its own. Conference commissioner Greg Sankey asked members of the conference and its community to “reach beyond our comfortable places and engage the uncomfortable reality” in order to lead the charge toward a positive change.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) June 3, 2020