Durham, North Carolina — Black students at Duke University plan to pack out Cameron Indoor Stadium for Friday’s women’s volleyball game against East Tennessee State University. This is a statement of support for Rachel Richardson, who said fans repeatedly made racist comments during a game at Brigham Young University in Utah last week.
A Duke Athletics spokesman said the club plans to increase security at Friday’s game.
However, some black students at Duke University have also taken it upon themselves to make sure the black athletes on the team feel safe.
“We can offer them protection and support and love because that’s exactly what they need right now,” said Duke’s United Black Athletes Chapter Elasia Campbell. said.
“I hope to show that the Black community here, made up of Duke University student-athletes and Duke University students, is really strong,” she said.
The group, along with Duke’s Black Students League, planned to have its members fill out the Cameron Indoor Stadium.
BSA President Isiah Hamilton said, “We at BSA quickly saw how we, as Black students, could help because there is a connection and a community that already exists. ‘ said. “How can we rally our military, mobilize our community together, and show love to these black student-athletes?”
Some Question Allegations of Verbal Abuse
After last week’s game at BYU, Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson said she and her fellow African-American teammates were “targeted and racistly taunted throughout the game. I’m sorry,” he tweeted.
Now some online are wondering how that happened.
“The stories that have been circulating lately, especially [Thursday] It’s like disabling Black Duke student-athletes who say other things, not just Rachel in the morning,” Campbell said. “We can extend that to Black students. It just makes it harder for those who want their stories to be shared and heard in a trustworthy way.”
Campbell believes people are trying to disable Richardson and is concerned for her personal safety.
“I’m just afraid that she and other black athletes are involved,” she said.
Campbell said she met with Duke’s athletic director, Nina King, this week to share the demands her group is making to the Duke administration. This includes that if Duke Athletics uses racial slurs or hate speech at a sporting event, the game will be suspended until the person is removed and any current hate statements applied to Duke student-athletes themselves Speech policy will be strengthened.
BYU said the fan who shouted the slur was banned from all playgrounds on campus. A BYU fan sat in the BYU student section, but he was not a student, school leaders said.
In an updated statement, BYU said school officials spent hours reviewing videos of the game and talking to security and event management, but were unable to identify the perpetrators of the racial slurs.
After the match, BYU said a person believed to be speaking slander had been identified by Duke and had been banned.
BYU said, “We understand the experience of the players at Duke is important here. They felt unsafe and hurt and weren’t able to deal with it in a good enough way during the game.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that BYU is asking anyone who attended the match to share the video and account of the match to help with the investigation.