During the summer of 2020, members of the ONU Football program came together as a group in response to the recent racial violence that was occurring throughout our nation. As a part of their response, they committed themselves to taking anti-racist actions, which included a team initiated Listen & Learn program, involving interviews with former players and coaches of diverse backgrounds. Video recordings of the interviews are presented below.
2016 ONU graduate Will Bodden discusses personal experiences with racism, as well his perspective on police discrimination and violence towards Black Americans.
Tarariq Florence, a 2016 graduate and 2017 Master's Degree recipient from ONU, discusses the history of systemic racism in America, including the day-to-day impact for Black communities and the role of symbols like the Confederate flag and monuments.
ONU Assistant Coach and former Lima High School Head Football Coach reflects on a time that he was racially profiled, as well as how sports can help bring people from diverse backgrounds come together.
2013 ONU graduate and church pastor, Chase Jones discusses his thoughts on the "pyramid of racism," anti-racist actions, and the importance of being able to listen and talk to one another.
Former ONU Assistant Football Coach, E.J. Henderson shares his thoughts on the presence of racism in America and different stages of anti-racism in America, including a focus on the importance of acknowledging racism and its effects on our society.
Nick Hensley, another 2016 graduate and 2017 Master's Degree recipient from ONU, reflects on the founding and purpose of Brother 2 Brother at ONU, different levels of racism that he has experienced during his life, and the difference that listening and showing support can make.
A 2008 graduate of ONU, Glenn Stanton shares his perspective on growing up predominately white areas as an individual with a multi-racial background. Additionally, he talks about dealing with racist microaggressions, and how racism can affect policing and Black experiences.