As if everyone already doesn’t know, there has been a lot of disturbing news lately. Not just nationally with COVID-19 and the racist murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and most recently, George Floyd, but in our own backyard as well. A photograph showed a prospective DU student, who was slated to enroll this fall, wearing blackface with a racist caption (his admission was later rightly revoked by DU), and a 40-year-old DU yearbook photo resurfaced showing a DU residence hall floor dressed in white robes surrounding a black student. In response, current DU students have initiated a petition and are demanding special accommodations for students of color during this time.
Like many others, we at LetsGoDU are reflecting on all of these issues, and thinking deeply about ways that we, as individuals and as a collective, can improve. Our hope during this time is that DU, its students, fans, and its alumni community listen, learn, and become a better community.
We are an independent sports blog with a stated mission to support school spirit by informing and entertaining the DU community and sports fans. We will continue to look for positive ways to bring people together through a shared love of DU athletics and traditions. Sports can be a great escape from the daily grind, but they are also part of our society. And frankly, athletics are one of the common avenues that can bring us all – alumni, students, the Denver community, and our Denver Pioneer athletes – together.
To close, we urge you to listen to DU alumnus and pro lacrosse star Trevor Baptiste, who recently shared his thoughtful insights on race, sports, and our society on Instagram.
We stand with Trevor, and with all Pioneers who want a better country for all.