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Using their platform; UK basketball players share BLM video

Posted at 2:49 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 18:48:54-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — University of Kentucky freshman Shandin Muldrow knows what the basketball team was trying to convey in a recently released video about social injustice.

"My house alarm went off, and the cops came and questioned me as to why I was in my own house. They thought I broke into my own house," Mudlrow said while on his way to the library on campus.

Muldrow grew up in Louisville, and took part in several protests and rallies on behalf of the late Breonna Taylor in recent months. He wasn't alone in expressing his appreciation for what the players did with this video.

"I'm very happy that this is something they wanted to do and share with us," said Chloe Smith, another freshman on campus.

Graduate student Savanajh Black said it was "honorable" and showed these players' human side.

"These players are great, but they're also people, and they experience these things," Black said.

They eluded to having experienced some of these injustices in the video and for some, it was the part that resonated most.

"I can relate, so I think it was pretty powerful of them to step up and use their platform," Muldrow said. "What good is having that kind of platform if you're not going to use it for good."

Smith followed with a real eye-opener.

“At this point you just accept it, and take it with a grain of salt,” she said of the examples of racial injustice in her own life.

Not everyone was as impressed by the video, as evidenced by the many social media comments that are not suitable for print. But on this campus, the people we spoke with were proud of the players who, we're told, organized and produced this video on their own.

"I think it's something we should appreciate as BBN," Black added.