‘The Heights’ contributors Gabriel Wallen and Frank Fishman consider how college athletics should promote social justice.
When protests for racial justice swept the nation this summer after the police killing of George Floyd, the Black Student Forum launched a petition urging the University to release a list of tangible steps that it would take to combat racism.
College athletes nowadays are revered at nearly the same level as pros. As such, they have the same obligation to advance social justice movements as professional athletes have had for decades.
After Leahy’s statement condemning racism and offering prayers for George Floyd, student petitions call upon BC to better address racial injustice.
President Leahy sent a letter to the BC community stating that it is essential for everyone to “acknowledge and affirm that Black Lives Matter.”
Facing outward toward Commonwealth Avenue, a crowd of protesters, including BC students and Jesuits, covered the lawn of St. Ignatius Church on Sunday afternoon.
Last year’s march occurred with the intention that the University would do something in response.
After an impeachment resolution was sponsored against him for a Facebook post, Steve DiPietro resigned from UGBC, and Matt Batsinelas joined him in solidarity against what they claim to be a Student Assembly intolerant of differing viewpoints.