Gymnastics

Which NCAA teams support #BlackLivesMatter?

It’s not easy to keep up with the responses from NCAA Gymnastics teams.

How much is empty talk?  How many will improve over coming seasons?

Catch up by listening to episode #428: Black Lives Matter This Week Too

GymCastic was disappointed with “empty platitudes from coaches like Dana Duckworth and Courtney Kupets-Carter“.

One concept new to me was optical allyship: when we focus on ourselves rather than the victims. It’s a dodge.  For example …

One ‘tell‘ for me is whether or not statements include Black Lives Matter #BlackLivesMatter.

If not, they are usually avoiding the biggest controversy to not offend somebody or other.  Weak support.

Check too if there’s an actual apology for past injustice at the University.  A promise of action in future.  If not, it’s likely just weasel words.  Nothing will change.

GymCastic was impressed that K.J. Kindler and Mark Williams marched for George Floyd.

Cal Women’s Gymnastics supported the Black Lives Matter run June 8th. A good sign.

Other sports have done more. Especially football. A racist coach was put on leave at Iowa. His base pay $800,000 / year.