Rupp Name Change

Rupp Name Change

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In our current climate, it is important to make changes that will not carry on or celebrate the racist rhetoric of the past. Most Kentuckians are well aware of the racist history that has been associated with the University of Kentucky and the white supremacist ideology of the former University of Kentucky Men’s basketball Coach Adolph Rupp. The University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball program has a history of winning with a predominantly black team, whom not only are being reminded of  a time when they were not wanted, valued or respected by a University that they are committed to playing for every time they enter this building. It is the hopes of each person whom signs this petition that we as Kentuckians and as fans of this program feel it is important that we move forward and are on the right side of history. Rupp Arena should unequivocally have a name change as Kentucky should no longer celebrate a man in any way shape or form that was an outward racist, nor should Black players have to play under the roof of a place that is named in memory of a legacy with so much disdain for Black Americans and carries forth his ideologic white supremacist ways. It is our request that Rupp Arena be renamed. We ask that this is not just considered but is done in an expeditious manner as the time is now. 

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