(Photo Courtesy of WVU Athletics)
Morgantown, West Virginia – When Darius Stills posted a picture of the “BLM” decal on the back of the Mountaineers helmets, it started a firestorm of controversy among fans and supporters of the program.
Perhaps to quell the fans’ uneasiness with the situation, West Virginia University chose to put the word “UNITY” prominently on the back of the helmet. “Unity” is a word that everyone can get behind, regardless of their political or religious views. “Unity” is a powerful word because it’s all-inclusive and shows support for racial equality.
Everyone wins in this situation. The university doesn’t have to take an official stance on Black Lives Matter, players who felt passionate about it could support it and players who felt uneasy about it could make the decision to not wear it.
While West Virginia University has been completely supportive of racial equality over the past several months, isolating a large portion of the fan base was unacceptable, particularly when so much money has been lost during the pandemic.