The Casual Hoya blog contributors and community want to reiterate our support of our African-American members, friends, and communities during this time and always. With the nation, we grieve George Floyd and all victims of injustice.
Hoyas fans are no strangers to discussing issues of racial bias and social justice. One might think it unnecessary for a blog covering the Georgetown Hoyas to express solidarity given the deep history of consciousness with John Thompson, Jr., Patrick Ewing, John Thompson III, the basketball program, and the university, but we see it as a duty to acknowledge what is going on today and listen. We also want to make sure that our voices join the chorus of all those speaking out against racism, hatred, and bigotry.
Earlier in the week, our lunch blog revisited the team’s response to Eric Garner’s death by wearing the “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts prior to the Kansas game in 2014. Those T-shirts were worn as a sign of respect by the players, were part of a bigger movement to save black lives, and were a reminder of Georgetown‘s place in the conversation since the days where Thompson and Ewing were taunted with racist signs and actions.
A lot has happened in America and the discussions of race, police brutality, and protest, it’s worth reviewing some statements from the Georgetown family.
It’s time for our voices to be heard. pic.twitter.com/xQjXeAs7Nw— Patrick Ewing (@CoachEwing33) June 1, 2020
As we once again grapple with the devastating impact of racism and hatred in our nation, we know we have much to do to rebuild our nation. For a message from President DeGioia, visit: https://t.co/H0jrzyRRNN pic.twitter.com/X3I6uebDVH— Georgetown Univ. (@Georgetown) May 31, 2020
SFS stands in solidarity with the black community and all of those calling for change. Read Dean @joelhellman_SFS's message committing our school to fighting racism and injustice in the United States and around the world: https://t.co/xrre4FqfsI— Georgetown SFS (@georgetownsfs) June 1, 2020
This weekend, our nation saw an eruption of pain, sadness, and calls for action against racism in every form. To those in our community: we see you, we are here for you, and we grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery with you. https://t.co/D6rPOPu05b pic.twitter.com/9XrFCbj1WQ— Georgetown Politics (@GUPolitics) June 1, 2020
We offer our condolences to the victims’ families and offer our support of the protests. We hope everyone is safe.
Joint Statement from Michael Jordan & Jordan Brand regarding $100m donation. pic.twitter.com/yYXWh5eBZl— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) June 5, 2020