The football team says they’ll return to team functions following a boycott they staged after another Kansas State student shared a tweet about George Floyd. The tweet made national headlines and sent shockwaves across social media.
Other athletes from different sports also pledged that they wouldn’t play their respective sports until the university addressed the matter. Though all the demands made by the athletes weren’t met, they’ve started announcing the end to the strike.
Change only comes when you STAND UP ❗️💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/MS0aw2Wuev
— J Beeeezzzzyy (@justin_2201) July 2, 2020
Thursday afternoon, several football players released a tweet thanking the university for the steps it has taken.
Following tweet controversy, K-State looks to build a more inclusive campus, address racism in the future
“We appreciate the diligent work of our university and athletics administration as we work through these important issues,” the message says. “The plans and action items releases Wednesday are great first steps in our goal of defeating hate and racism on our campus, and therefore, we have decided to return to workouts with our teammates.”
But they didn’t shy away from saying that the decision to return isn’t final, and can be reversed.
“However, we know that this process is far from completed, and should it slow or diminish for any reason we would re-evaluate the situation and our options at that time,” the message says.
— Skylar Thompson (@skylar_15) July 2, 2020
On Wednesday, President Richard Myers mapped out an action plan in the hopes of creating the first initial steps toward defeating cultural incompetency at K-State.