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College Athlete Nigel Hayes Demands University of Wisconsin Address Racial Climate on Campus

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College Athlete Nigel Hayes Demands University of Wisconsin Address Racial Climate on Campus

image via twitter.com
image via twitter.com

Nigel Hayes, a Wisconsin senior and member of the Badger’s basketball team, called on the school’s leaders and administration to take action against racial discrimination on campus in a tweet he posted Monday evening.

Hayes posted a picture of an essay on Twitter, with the caption, “As a student, I demand change from @UWMadison.” The essay was relatively extensive, and said many things, among them, that Wisconsin athletes “are loved during competition, but then subjected to racial discrimination in our everyday lives.” He addressed in particular a recent incident at the university, when, just nine days prior, someone came to a football game wearing a mask of Barack Obama with a noose around their neck. He said the incident felt like “a punch in the face.”

The Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year noted that he and the other student athletes often experience racism when they play away games at other schools, but to hear it coming from a community that he belongs to makes him feel less than wanted.

“This incident was yet another blow and reminder that there are people in this community that may not value diverse populations,” the essay says.

image via Twitter.com
image via Twitter.com

University of Wisconsin’s athletic director, Barry Alvarez, commented on the racist incident at the football game, saying that he was “deeply troubled by the incident … and sorry for the harm it caused.” Officials from the university released a statement to USA Today saying that the person in the costume was exercising their right to free speech.

Wisconsin officials have not publicly commented on the essay posted by Hayes and several other Wisconsin student athletes.


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