Saint Michael's College Athletics Statement of Solidarity

Saint Michael's College Athletics Statement of Solidarity

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.

Black Lives Matter    
Know Your Rights Camp    
Legal Rights Center    
We Love Lake Street (Minneapolis, Minn.)    
Ta-Nehisi Coates Instagram  
Ally Henny Facebook  
Ally Henny Instagram  
Ibram X. Kendi Twitter  
Franchesca "Chescaleigh" Ramsey  Facebook   
The Root Website  
Op-Ed: Don't Understand the Protests? What You're Seeing is People Pushed to the Edge Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Times
Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man Emmanuel Acho  
Seeing White - Scene on Radio John Biewen & Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika Podcast
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates Book
The Urgency of Intersectionality Kimberlé Crenshaw TEDWomen
How to Support Protestors Demanding Justice for George Floyd De Elizabeth Teen Vogue
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Robin DiAngelo Book
JenFryTalks: Social Justice Education Specializing in Athletics Jen Fry  
Justice in June Autumn Gupta w/Bryanna Wallace Google Doc
Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? Ibram X. Kendi The Atlantic
Seeing From The Heart Josh Meyer Blog
White Privilege and Social Contracts Trevor Noah Instagram
How to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change President Barack Obama Medium
The Worst Thing We've Ever Done On the Media WNYC
Vermont's Response to George Floyd Killing and Protests Governor Phil Scott YouTube
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice Corinne Shutack Medium
Racial Justice Educational Resources Lorrie Smith, Ph.D., SMC English Professor  
The Hate U Give Angie Thomas Book
The Hate U Give Angie Thomas Movie
A Conversation: Retired African American MLB Players on Race, Baseball, America   The Athletic
Educational Readings Regarding Race (and other injustices) in the U.S.   Google Doc
Anti-Racism Resources    
Anti-Racism Toolkit Association for Prevention Teaching
and Research
Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism Nicola Carpenter  
Anti-Racism Resources Katie Couric Medium
Resources for Educators Focusing on Anti-Racist Learning and Teaching Early Childhood Assembly  
Raising Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed and Brave About Race EmbraceRace  
Anti-Racism Resources for White People Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein Google Doc
Expressive Writing Prompts for White Fragility and Spiritual Bypass Leesa Renee Hall  
An Antiracist Reading List Ibram X. Kendi New York Times
How to Be An Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi Book
An Invitation to Being a White Ally University of Michigan Counseling and
Psychological Services
Talking About Race: Being Antiracist National Museum of African American
History & Culture
Cultural Bridges to Justice: Detour-Spotting Jona Olsson  
How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism Joe Pinsker  
Implicit Bias Test Project Implicit  
Talking with Young Children About Race Emma Redden  
How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich  
6 Ways to be Antiracist, Because Being 'Not Racist' Isn't Enough Rebecca Ruiz Mashable
Anti-Racism Resource Guide Tasha Ryals Google Doc
Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege,
Confront Systematic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing
Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D.  
Disarming Racial Microaggressions: Microintervention Strategies for Targets,
White Allies and Bystanders
Derald Wing Sue, Sarah Alsaidi,
Michael Awad, Elizabeth Glaeser,
Cassandra Z. Calle & Narolyn Mendez
Semantic Scholar
White Anti-Racism: Living the Legacy Teaching Tolerance  
Racial Equity Resources   Airtable
Return on Inclusion: A Learning Platform for Coaches and Athletic Administration    
Scaffolding Anti-Racism Resources   Google Doc
Toolkit for Teaching About Racism    
Resources for Black Individuals and Communities    
Link Between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans Tahirah Abdullah, Ph.D., Amber Calloway,
Jessica R. Graham-LoPresti Ph.D. &
Lindsey M. West, Ph.D.
Discrimination: What It Is and How to Cope American Psychological Association  
Recovering Emotionally from Disaster American Psychological Association  
Family Care, Community Care and Self-Care Tool Kit The Association of Black Psychologists  
An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health Minaa B. Huffington Post
Common Coping Strategies Black Emotional and
Mental Health Collective
Tips for Supporting Each Other Black Emotional and
Mental Health Collective
Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence EmbraceRace SoundCloud
Healing Justice is How We Can Sustain Black Lives Prentis Hemphill Huffington Post
#RacialTraumaIsReal The Institute for the Study and
Promotion of Race and Culture
Racism Recovery Plan Steps The Institute for the Study and
Promotion of Race and Culture
Emotionally Restorative Self Care for People of Color Brandi Jackson Wellness YouTube
African American Mental Health National Alliance on Mental Illness  
Talking About Race: Self-Care National Museum of African American
History & Culture
Black Lives Matter Meditations Dr. Candice Nicole Blog
Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress Psychology of Radical Healing Collective Psychology Today
4 Ways People of Color Can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing Threads of Solidarity Medium 
Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself Roberta K. Timothy The Conversation
Tips for Self-Care: When Police Brutality Has You Questioning Humanity
and Social Media is Enough
Dr. Imani J. Walker  
Proactively Coping With Racism Monnica T Williams Ph.D. Psychology Today
Black Lives Matter Toolkits     
Liberate Meditation App (by and for people of color)    
Ourselves Black    
We Heal Too    

Saint Michael's women's volleyball, the University of Michigan and the University of Vermont contributed to this list