On the panel Johnson showed no signs of discomfort when speaking with the fellow panelists on the issues that face him as a Black man in society. Whether it was about using his image and platform, his personal experiences or even when a young kid simply asked him if he got nerves while playing football, he spoke like someone who had done this before.
The student athletes at the University of Michigan have risen to the occasion. They know there is no good reason to waste the opportunity in front of them. They know and respect the responsibility they hold.
Take a quick look through the University of Michigan’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee’s 2019 Strategic Five-Year Plan, and you’ll see a thorough report of how the university is trying to bring its athletic department into the 21st century.
Now, the Big Ten’s decision to play football is driving the two sides even farther apart, with the University announcing that it will begin to conduct rapid testing on student athletes. Meanwhile, the University continues to neglect the demands the GEO has made regarding testing procedures for undergraduate and graduate students.