“I Cannot Stress Enough How Disturbing and Oppressive it is”: NBA Rookie Requesting Big Changes from His College

Published 06/13/2020, 3:02 PM EDT
MEMPHIS, TN – NOVEMBER 23: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies brings the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers at FedExForum on November 23, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images)


NBA rookie Ja Morant wrote to a Kentucky judge asking to remove the Confederate Statue in Murray.

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“I am writing to ask that you immediately remove the Confederate statue in the court square of downtown Murray,” he wrote in a letter obtained from Twitter.

Morant played two years for the Murray state university between 2017 and 2019 before coming into the NBA. He wrote he was proud to have been part of a university that has people from various backgrounds. But he was not happy that the city still honored a confederate war general.

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“I am extremely proud of my ties to Murray State. I am honored to have spent two years at the University. My college experience positioned me for success and truly helped me achieve my dream,” he wrote.

“It is full of people, families, and students from different backgrounds. As a young black man, I cannot stress enough how disturbing and oppressive it is to know the city still honors a Confederate War general defending white supremacy hatred.”

NBA rookie Morant feels the time is right to act

Built during the period of racial conflicts, the Confederate monuments all over America have received a lot of backlash in the recent past. Many protests have led to the removal of these monuments at a few locations. A few states have passed laws hindering the removal of these monuments.

Morant, in his appeal for the removal of the monument in Murray, believed the time was right to act on it. The death of George Floyd has led to nationwide protests and has started the Balck Lives matter campaign all over the nation. Morant pleaded for taking a stance against hatred and oppression.

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“Given recent events and the Black lives matter movement, it is necessary to act now. We can’t change the culture of racism unless we change the celebration of racism. Please help us take a stand and remove this symbol of hatred and oppression,” he wrote.

During the ongoing protests, a few of these monuments have come under attack. Recently, a statue of a former governor and Confederate leader outside the Georgia Capitol was vandalized.

 

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