Originally posted by Jesse Temple for ESPN.com on November 8, 2016—
“Several University of Wisconsin athletes used their Twitter accounts Monday night to post a statement demanding change in racial inequalities on campus. The message came in the wake of an incident at an Oct. 29 home football game in which two people were involved with a Halloween costume depicting President Barack Obama in a noose.
The statement, shared by more than 20 of the football team’s black players as well as basketball star Nigel Hayes and several other student-athletes, noted that black athletes “are loved during competition but then subjected to racial discrimination in our everyday lives too.”
“It is painful that someone in our community would show up to an athletic event with a mask of our sitting president, who happens to look a lot like us, with a noose around his neck,” the statement continued. “That moment was like a punch in the face to not only student-athletes of color but also current students, faculty and alumni of color. This incident was yet another blow and reminder that there are people in this community that may not value diverse populations.””
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