Hawkeyes Past, Present, Future Share Feelings on Racial Injustice

May 30, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week has sparked riots and protests in that city and around the country. Many folks have taken to social media platforms for expressing their feelings spawning from racial injustice. Among then have been Hawkeyes past, present and future.

HN has compiled some social media posts we’ve seen so far and will continue adding to the file here as more come up. Please let us know if there are any we’ve missed.

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This Tweet from former Iowa and NFL defensive lineman Colin Cole points in a specific direction.

On Tuesday, be commented on the country’s leadership.

He also expressed frustration with how Minnesota has handled the Floyd case.

Former Hawkeye and NFL linebacker Abdul Hodge, now an assistant coach at South Dakota, asked a question on Friday.

Another question popped into Hodge’s head Saturday.

Jovon Johnson, who ranks third in all-time interceptions at Iowa and enjoyed a long career in the CFL, shared stories of being black in America.

Former Hawkeye running back Fred Russell wondered about progress in our country.

Iowa assistant basketball coach Courtney Eldridge shared a message short and to the point.

The mother of current sophomore running back, Tyler Goodson, shared her son’s powerful post from Instagram.

Former Hawkeye offensive lineman Dace Richardson serves as a police officer in Waukee, Iowa. Here’s a Facebook post from him.

In another Facebook post he talks about the means used by police offer on Floyd.

Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder expressed herself early in the week.

Incoming Hawkeye quarterback Deuce Hogan showed leadership in reaching out to members of Iowa’s 2020 recruiting class in a group chat.

Current Iowa cornerback Matt Hankins posted a photo on his Instagram.

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Former Iowa center Gabe Olaseni is worn down.

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Thoughts Of A Tired Black Man.

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Christian Kirksey, a former linebacker now with the Green Bay Packers, paid tribute to Floyd.

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“We can’t breathe…” #justiceforfloyd

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Christian then commented protesting Monday night.

Former Iowa point guard and current Charlotte head coach Cara Consuegra encouraged involvement.

And then Cara shared a message from the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Hawkeye sophomore safety Dane Belton changed his Instagram profile picture.

Hawkeeye football assistant coach LeVar Woods, a former Iowa and NFL linebacker, showed support for recent victims of racial injustice.

Jermelle Lewis, a former Iowa running back and assistant coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, delivered a historical reference.

The mother of freshman offensive lineman Justin Britt, Nikkie Britt, posted her feelings on the reaction following Floyd’s death.

Anthony Herron, who played at Iowa and in the NFL, and is a sports commentator on radio and TV, observed something about the protests.

Recently graduated running back Toren Young did not hold back.

And then he tried to help someone understand.

And then he experienced it.

Incoming wide receiver Diante Vines is troubled by the scenes he’s seeing.

Former Iowa running back and strength coach at Southeast Missouri State Mark Weisman spoke out.

Another former Iowa running back, Ladell Betts, shared his thoughts on where we are at as a country.

Jonathan Babineaux, a former Iowa and NFL defensive lineman, applauded the involvement of he and Floyd’s friend, Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player.

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson is worried.

Jaleel also points out the irony in an official statement from the NFL.

Iowa assistant basketball coach Jan Jensen was a peaceful protester in Iowa City on Saturday.

Incoming defensive lineman Isaiah Bruce reacts to a troubling video.

Former Hawkeye hoop forward Tyler Cook addressed those people comparing lives to property.

Former Iowa basketball standout Peter Jok called for unity.

Another former Iowa basketball player, Nicholas Baer, hopes some people are uncomfortable.

Megan Gustafson, last year’s national player of the year in women’s college basketball, vowed to stand up for the rights of all.

Heisman runner-up from ’02, Brad Banks, delivered a direct message.

Iowa defensive end and team captain Chauncey Golston showed support for protesters.

New starting quarterback Spencer Petras changed his profile picture on Instagram this week.

Petras also shared a video of Killer Mike’s speech from Atlanta.

All-American cornerback Josh Jackson called on The Greatest.

Big Ten Player of the Year and All-American Luka Garza shared a post by Rutgers Geo Baker dealing with White Privilege.

And then he followed up with a powerful Instagram post with his own words and image.

Ally Disterhoft, who was Iowa’s all-time leading scorer before Gustafson broke her record, shared a post calling out inequities in the system.

Former Hawkeye guard Tania Davis, a graduate manager at Clemson, encouraged people to vote for change.

Running back Ivory Kelly-Martin shared a post from the University of Iowa’s Filipino Student Association.

Linebacker Djimon Colbert is asking that people continue supporting the cause.

One half of Iowa’s Twin Towers with Greg Stokes, Michael Payne posted a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.

Defensive line coach Kelvin Bell gets behind MLK Jr.’s explanation for why riots occur.

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Class of ’21 receiver commitment Arland Bruce Jr. showed he’s wise beyond his years for a high school senior-to-be.

Former Iowa and current NFL defensive lineman Carl Davis highlighted peaceful protest.

WWE superstar Big E, who is former Iowa defensive lineman Ettore Ewen, is raising money for the cause.

Last year’s starting middle linebacker, Kristian Welch, a rookie with the Baltimore Ravens, called for togetherness.

Safety Dallas Craddieth recognized police violence against a black person.

Forward Jack Nunge shared a post that appeared on the social media page of his girlfriend, Brie Orr, an Iowa volleyball player.

Former receiver Jacob Hillyer posted about black people standing up for the police.

Former Iowa linebacker Aaron Mends is asking for help.

Former linebacker Vernon Rollins shared a disturbing post from former Iowa teammate Richard Willock.

All-time leading receiver Marvin McNutt shared a disturbing story that happened in Cedar Rapids Monday morning.

Iowa guard Connor McCaffery, the son of head coach Fran McCaffery, retweeted former NBA guard Steve Nash, who was calling for white people to help the cause.

Monday night, Connor released a powerful statement.

His brother, Patrick McCaffery, retweeted former Cedar Rapids Xavier and current South Dakota State guard Matt Mims, who played with him in the Iowa Barnstormers AAU program.

Former Hawkeye defensive back Joe Conklin wants to make a difference with his parenting.

Alaric Jackson and Julius Brents shared the same message from LeBron James.

Xavier Nwankpa, a 2021 recruit from Southeast Polk, a player on which Iowa is working hard for a commitment, also shared James’ message.

Former Iowa and NFL offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde shared his experiences.

Iowa athletic director Gary Barta released a statement Monday afternoon.

Former safety Geno Stone, drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in April, posted the words of Colin Kaepernick.

Linebacker Chad Greenway, who played his whole NFL career for Minnesota, says it’s time for change.

Former Hawkeye basketball player Duez Henderson, who’s married to former Iowa basketball player Randi (Peterson) Henderson was not happy with what he heard Monday night.

Former Hawkeye and current Nevada head coach Jay Norvell released a statement.

Junior wing man Joe Wieskamp posted the words of his coach.

Former Iowa defensive back John Lowdermilk shared the photo of Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving a black power salute at the 1968 Olympics.

Another former member of the Iowa secondary, Amani Hooker, posted a photo of a protest in his hometown of Minnesota, which included former Minnesota Gopher linebacker Carter Coughlin.

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon shared his coach’s sentiments.

Former Iowa and current Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer poured out her heart.

A lot of members of the Hawkeye community acknowledged Blackout Tuesday.

Former Hawkeye fullback Trevor Bollers warns of history repeating itself.

And then shared his personal experience.

Former tight end Allen Reisner shared a story a post from a friend.

Head football coach Kirk Ferentz spoke with his team Monday night and the program released his statement on Tuesday.

A large number of Hawkeyes not previously cited in this post took part in the #BlackOutTuesday movement on June 2. If you from them on Instagram, it was powerful to see them post black squares on their pages when scrolling through the feed.

Some of those Hawkeyes we saw recognizing were George Kittle, Josey Jewell, T.J. Hockenson, Michael Ojemudia, Greg Mabin, Jake Gervase, Anthony Clemmons, Matt Nelson, Darian Cooper, Whitney Jennings, Isaiah Moss, Geno Stone, Jordan Canzeri, Austin Kelly, Nate Wieting, Dillon Kidd, Parker Hesse, Peyton Mansell, Andrew Donnal, Jake Duzey, James Daniels, Riley McCarron, Brady Ellingson, Maishe Dailey, Nate Stanley, Mark Kallenberger, Nick Easley, Anthony Nelson, Tavon Smith, Ike Boettger, Ahmad Wagner, Ross Reynolds, Noah Fant, Sean Welsh, Anthony Hitchens, Aaron Mends, Mekhi Sargent, Cordell Pemsl, Alexa Kastanek, Josh Oglesby and Cedrick Lattimore.

Djimon Colbert explained that taking part in a movement for one day is not enough.

Geno Stone challenged people.

James Daniels recommended a book be added to your summer reading list.

Redshirt freshman defensive back Daraun McKinney joined in the challenge.

So did senior receiver Brandon Smith.

So did Julius Brents.

So did Matt Hankins.

And Chauncey Golston.

And Dallas Craddieth.

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I am a BLACK MAN!….. I build …. I don't tear down other BLACK MEN! ….I have felt the pain of being torn down and I have decided I will be deliberate about building others! If I didn't tag you, please don't be offended. I tried to pick people I thought would do this challenge!! All too often, we men find it easier to criticize each other, instead of building each other up. With all the negativity going around let's do something positive!!🌟 💫 #blackkings✊🏾👑 Upload 1 picture of yourself…ONLY you. Then tag as many brothers to do the same. Let's build ourselves up, instead of tearing ourselves down. 🖤🖤 COPY AND PASTE 🖤🖤 If I tagged you, don't disappoint me!!

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Super Bowl Champion Ben Niemann quoted scripture.

Former defensive end AJ Epenesa shared the words of Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player and friend of George Floyd.

Tuesday, the conversation turned to protesting during the national anthem. Coach Kirk Ferentz said his Hawkeyes would decide what to do as a team.

Jaleel Johnson and Aaron Mends shared a story from their time in Iowa City.

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