The Kentucky Wildcats were the first SEC football team to walk out of practice in solidarity with protests against racial injustice. But they won’t be the last.
On Friday, the Ole Miss Rebels walked out of practice and took to the streets nearby. Per reporter Jalyn Souchek, the team chanted “no justice no peace” at the Oxford, Mississippi town square.
Ole Miss linebacker Jacquez Jones and other players took to Twitter to share their experiences of the protest. Jones took a page out of Alexander Hamilton’s book and wrote, “Stand Up For Nothing, Fall For Anything.”
The Rebels weren’t alone in their protest though. They were soon joined by first-year head coach Lane Kiffin, who joined them at the Oxford town square by the Confederate statue they were protesting under.
Lane Kiffin is also here for the Ole Miss team protest pic.twitter.com/VvKKDTUzWv
— Jalyn Souchek (@Local24Jalyn) August 28, 2020
The protest under the Confederate statue lasted a short while before the players moved to another part of the town square. After they left, police and other citizens moved underneath the controversial statue to surround it.
The protests are part of a larger protesting effort by athletes across the country. Over the weekend, police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back. That shooting, caught on camera, instigated more widespread protests than were already going on.
With Kentucky and Ole Miss now protesting, it may be a matter of time before other SEC football teams follow.