Oregon Ducks wear ‘end racism’ t-shirts during first football game

The University of Oregon’s football team wore shirts with the slogan “end racism” during their first game of the season.

Their efforts are in conformity with the Pac-12’s broader goals of fighting racism.

The University of Oregon’s football team wore apparel with the slogan “end racism” during their first game of the season on Nov. 7.

During their season opener against Stanford University on Saturday, the Oregon Ducks wore helmets and t-shirts bearing the slogan.

The Oregon Ducks athletics website confirms that the steps taken during their first game “were in conjunction with the other Pac-12 schools to collectively highlight issues of inclusion, social justice and anti-racism.”

In July, the Pac-12 collegiate athletics conference published steps to combat racism. These included appointing a “head of diversity and inclusion” czar for the conference, as well as creating a “social justice and anti-racism advisory group.”

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Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott explained that “social justice has always been an important value and principle for the Pac-12, our member universities and our student-athletes.” He believes that “now is the time to strengthen our efforts, to listen, to learn and to do more.  Today’s announcements represent an important series of first steps as we seek to do the right thing to make our communities and society more humane, just and free of racism.”

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Campus Reform reached out to the University of Oregon to confirm further details and will update this article accordingly.

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