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Talk Radio – September 6, 2022: Rachel Richardson & Dawn Staley – Call In 1-800-450-7876

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

September 6, 2022, “Rachel Richardson & Dawn Staley: Protecting Black College Athletes from Racial Harassment and Discrimination”

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On the Igniting Change Radio Show on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, entitled “Rachel Richardson & Dawn Staley: Protecting Black College Athletes from Racial Harassment and Discrimination”, Radio Show Co-Hosts and Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) Co-Leaders Attorneys Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones will be joined by guests Attorney Mawuli Davis and the Honorable Kenneth A. Kirby as they  discuss the continuing ramifications from the BYU racial heckler incident against a black college volleyball player from Duke University. Since the incident, Coach Dawn Staley of the NCAA 2022 Champions University of South Carolina Gamecocks announced her decision to cancel the 2 basketball games scheduled with BYU. The incident and Dawn Staley’s decision has caused considerable controversy in the national collegiate athletic world. Our show will examine what is the responsibility of colleges and universities to protect and defend African-American student athletes from racial harassment and discrimination. Our guests are experts in collegiate sports.

These are the issues we will cover during this show.

Be sure to invite your friends to listen live at WOL 1450 AM in the Greater DC Metro Region, and nationwide and globally on the Internet at WOLDCNEWS.com and BarbaraArnwine.com.  Listeners can call in with questions at 800-450-7876.

Please note, during the show there are 3 hard stop commercial breaks at 12:13 PM Eastern Time12:28 PM ET and 12:43 PM ET.   We will stop all guests from speaking right before each break.


“A Duke University women’s volleyball player was called racist slurs and threatened during a match against Brigham Young University in Utah on Friday, [August 26th] resulting in a fan being banned from sporting events, according to the student, her family and the school. Rachel Richardson, a Black starter on Duke’s team, was called the n-word ‘every time she served,’ and was threatened by ‘a white male that told her to watch her back going to the team bus,’ her godmother Lesa Pamplin said on social media. A police officer had to be placed by the Duke team’s bench as a result of the alleged harassment, Pamplin said.” The incident occurred at Brigham Young University’s Smith Fieldhouse as “…Duke and BYU women’s volleyball teams squared off as part of a multiteam tournament. During a break in play, Richardson, the lone Black starter on Duke’s team, told her teammates and coaches what was happening. The Duke team then told the referees. BYU officials apparently addressed the student section…Yet, according to Richardson, the racist taunting did not stop. The situation devolved to outright threats. After the match, which BYU won 3—1, the man whom Richardson identified as the one who yelled the N-word at her was, she said, not done…The next day, the school’s athletic director Tom Holmoe met with Richardson and her father, Marvin, to discuss her experience and to apologize. Holmoe and BYU’s women’s volleyball coach Heather Olmstead also offered public apologies.” “Rachel Richardson,…does not think officials and the BYU coaching staff acted quickly enough to stop the heckling. The sophomore said she and her other African American teammates were heckled by some fans through the entire match and had to play through it despite feeling uncomfortable. Richardson even called her father crying after the incident.”

“The Gamecocks [the NCAA 2022 Champions, a South Carolina college women’s basketball team,] canceled the series [with BYU] after the alleged racist incident involving a BYU fan and Duke volleyball player…Speaking publicly on the matter Sunday for the first time, Dawn Staley [the Gamecock’s Coach] defended her decision to not play the home-and-home series with the Cougars. South Carolina announced on Friday that it canceled its two games with BYU. The Gamecocks and Cougars were scheduled to play in this year’s season opener Nov. 7 and again during the 2023-24 season.‘It wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction. I don’t knee-jerk anything,’ Staley said Sunday at Darlington Raceway before the start of the Cook Out Southern 500. ‘I vetted it. I talked to various people that were a part of the situation. I slept on it a few nights and I woke up with the same gut feeling that I shouldn’t put our players in the situation…I didn’t do it to condemn BYU. This was a selfish decision,’ Staley said. ‘I was only thinking about South Carolina women’s basketball. I wanted to handle it on my own and didn’t involve anyone else. I wanted to make sure our players didn’t have to endure that. If something were to happen in that manner, I don’t have the words to comfort them. I’d rather just not put ourselves in that situation.’ Staley said the program is in the process of finding a team to fill the spot left on the schedule by the cancellation. She didn’t name any specific opponents but hopes to have a decision soon.”

“Staley said she didn’t consult with her players on the decision, but they affirmed the move once she told them it wasn’t happening. She said she also had the support of USC administration, including athletic director Ray Tanner.”

“In the past week, two distinct reactions to the attack against Richardson have emerged from the BYU community. One reaction comes from a chorus of BYU community members, especially students of color, prominent Black BYU alumni, and some faculty , who have voiced their disgust at what happened. Following the events at the volleyball game, “the Black Menaces,” a group of BYU students whose TikTok videos on racism at BYU and beyond have gone viral, called on students, staff, and faculty at BYU to participate in anti-racist training. The Black Menaces, along with Black BYU alumni, believe such work is particularly important at their institution. And not because the school is overwhelmingly white (at 80 percent of the student population, BYU is pretty white, but many institutions are whiter), but, in particular, because of the long history of anti-Black policies and practices in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The other reaction has been to circle the wagons—to fend off what BYU apologists see as an attack on the university’s good name and the good name of the church it embodies. After some twists and turns in the story this week—the university now says it can’t find evidence that the fan first banned was the one to yell the word, and the investigation into what happened is ongoing—the entire right-wing mediasphere, eager to doubt this kind of report, has begun to question Richardson’s account. But that’s a national story, and what’s interesting here is the local reaction. At BYU, the defenses have ranged from the typical: One bad fan doesn’t spoil a whole fanbase. To the particular: People have argued that the fan accused of threatening Richardson has an autism spectrum disorder, or that he confused Richardson with a friend of his who plays for BYU (both teams wear blue-and-white uniforms). To the defensive: This whole affair, some have said, isn’t about the history of racism in America (and in the LDS church in particular). It’s another chapter in Americans’ long history of anti-Mormonism.”

“In August 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released Hate Crime Statistics 2020, an annual compilation of bias-motivated incidents in the United States. Though the number of reporting agencies decreased by 452 since 2019, the overall number of reported incidents increased by 949, contributing to a total of 8,263 hate crime incidents against 11,126 victims in 2020. While annual law enforcement agency participation may fluctuate, the statistics indicate that hate crimes remain a concern for communities across the country.

According to this year’s data, 62% of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ bias toward race/ethnicity/ancestry, which continues to be the largest bias motivation category. Participating agencies reported 5,227 race/ethnicity/ancestry-based incidents in 2020, a 32% increase from 2019. Anti-Black or African American hate crimes continue to be the largest bias incident victim category, with 2,871 incidents in 2020, a 49% increase since 2019. Additionally, there were 279 anti-Asian incidents reported in 2020, a 77% increase since 2019. The other largest categories of hate crimes include anti-Hispanic or Latino incidents, with 517, and anti-White incidents, with 869 in total.”


Attorney Mawuli Davis: 12:00 PM – 12:57 PM Eastern Time
A founding partner of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm where he leaders the firm’s Civil Rights Division

Honorable Kenneth A. Kirby: 12:00 PM – 12:57 PM Eastern Time
A two-term alderman on the Annapolis City Council; an Annapolis High School basketball player and a college athlete who played overseas in Europe; former high school basketball coach at the Key School, a private liberal arts school in Annapolis, Maryland


  • Please tell our audience a little bit about yourself and your experience with the issue of race and collegiate sports?

  • When you heard of the BYU heckling incident against Richardson of Duke, what were your first thoughts?

  • How common are these incidents?

  • How do they impact and affect Black Collegiate athletes?

  • What are some of the practices that colleges and universities should implement to protect Black athletes?

  • What do you think of the circling of the wagon and denial by many BYU fans and officials?

  • What do you think about Dawn Staley’s actions in canceling the two games with BYU?

  • How should colleges and universities respond?

  • If you could say a word to Richardson right now, what would you say?

  • How can voters use this election cycle to force change?

  • Thank you for all of your hard work. How do our listeners get in contact with you?


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