“We the people…”
The entirety of the Kentucky Women’s Basketball roster made an important statement on Monday night: they’re going to use their platform to speak up for those who can’t.
In a minute-long video released over social media, each student-athlete from the UK Hoops team took turns quickly addressing the multitude of different issues and injustices that have been taking place across the country. The video is in response to the most recent killings of Black people by members of the police force and how this group of ladies will not stay silent anymore.
We the people. pic.twitter.com/InNj8qhQ4S
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) September 14, 2020
In the video, the team discusses the disproportionate rate at which Black people are killed and how they feel it is their obligation to speak up. They also ask the fans to support them off the court in the same way they do on the court.
“We are human beings, and we can no longer be silent,” the video said.
The players have taken it upon themselves to help achieve the change they are seeking. On Wednesday morning starting at 11 a.m., the team will host a Social Justice March for roughly 20 minutes that will then turn into a Unity Fair, which will run through 4 p.m. Some of the main topics behind the concept are to promote awareness regarding police brutality, mental health conversations, the importance of voting, and many other important social issues.
The Women’s team is now the third major sports program from the University of Kentucky to speak up against social injustices. The Football team was the first to raise concerns, walking out of a practice back in late August following the NBA boycotts. A few days later, the Men’s Basketball team released a video similar to what the Women’s team did. These college kids have been acting like anything but kids over the last few months and it’s been inspiring to watch.