As brutal examples of racial injustice and responding widespread protests continue to surface across our country, Saint Michael's College Athletics stands in solidarity, joining the sea of grieving voices denouncing racism and intolerance. The video of the horrific killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis was the match that ignited a bonfire built up by countless incidences of racial cruelty and tragic losses of life.
We are a College founded over a century ago by the Society of Saint Edmund – a community of Catholic priests and brothers dedicated to "serve where the need is greatest." The Edmundites identify Social Justice as a core ministry, and provided courageous and influential support of the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South over 50 years ago. The Edmundite Missions, based in Selma, Alabama, continues its life-sustaining work as it has for the past 83 years. As Purple Knights, it's inherent in us to commit to the tenets of racial equality and social justice. It's in our blood.
There are many who are posting inspirational statements of outrage, pledges of support, and calls for change. But in order to truly be an effective ally in this struggle, one needs to remember another Edmundite core ministry: Education. We need to listen and we need to learn. Through increased education and understanding we can best effect change and work toward the ideals of inclusion and equality.
Our student-athletes and staff hope the resources found below will serve as a catalyst for thought, discussion, understanding and action. Racism has no place in this world, and we have a responsibility to make change happen. Individually and as One Team, we have the power to make a real difference in the fight against racial injustice.
Saint Michael's women's volleyball, the University of Michigan and the University of Vermont contributed to this list