Trevor Lawrence is delivering a playbook for action once again.
The star Clemson quarterback, who was a leading voice behind college football players’ push to play through the pandemic this season, led another social media wave Sunday that offered up a five-point plan for the sport to combat racial injustice.
Lawrence and other college football players tweeted out a graphic that calls for change as they begin their season.
“Over the course of the past year, our community has witnessed some of the most atrocious racial injustices against countless black and African-American people,” the statement said. “Too many have fallen victim to racial injustice and systemic inequities. Enough is enough. Real change must come.
“As we return to our respective campus and most of us suit up in pads for the 2020 college football season, we realize the power we have to enact this change. We, the players, have a voice, and we will use it to drive out injustice, improve our communities and inspire the future generations.”
The graphic then outlined the five steps they want to see taken:
• “Ensure all of our teammates are registered to vote & have Nov. 3 free from athletic obligations so we can all vote.
• “Discuss with our presidents & administrators to further raise awareness about racial injustice and create initiatives to further empower our communities.
• “Create community outreach initiatives via clothing, food, school supply and book drives, as well as amplifying current local organizations that are benefiting communities.
• “Normalize having routine conversations about change (policing, legal rights, addressing racial injustice, etc.) between college football teams & our respective police departments, local governance and community leaders to build trust and empathy.
• “On gamedays, we will use our platform to raise awareness via wearing shirts, utilizing statements on our helmets and jerseys and playing tribute videos to recognize victims of racial injustice & share our own stories.”
The movement is similar to the one Lawrence and others took in August to ensure they would play this season, tweeting out a graphic that called for better health and safety procedures and the eventual creation of a college football players association.
Now they are making their voice heard once again.
“We wanted to make sure we were just as loud about making a difference as we were about playing,” Clemson running back Darien Rencher told ESPN.
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