IU basketball releases video response to racism | Race Thompson was in crowd nearly struck by tanker

Several players and coaches from the IU basketball team joined forces in a short video to address the ongoing racial tension in the United States after the murder of George Floyd.

With the message “Racism, in no way, shape or form, can be tolerated,” the program published the video on its various social media platforms.

While most of the statements from sports coaches have been unilateral and in written form, Indiana’s video is unique in that it was delivered by several members from the team, and from both players and coaches of various races.

Redshirt junior forward Race Thompson begins the video by briefly mentioning his own personal struggles with the evolving situation.

“My feelings about this are hard to explain right now,” Thompson said. “I am both saddened and inspired, and I am ready for change.”

Thompson is from Floyd’s hometown of Minneapolis, and he has participated in the protests there.  In the video Thompson mentions that he was in the crowd that was nearly struck by a tanker on a highway bridge.

Video credit – IU Athletics

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