U. of Fla. drops racist ‘Gator Bait’ cheer over objections of former black team member who created it

U. of Fla. drops racist ‘Gator Bait’ cheer over objections of former black team member who created it

[Ed. – Outraged guilty whites know best.]

The University of Florida’s president announced Thursday that the school is discontinuing the use of its “Gator Bait” cheer and band performance at sporting events. The school said the term is associated with a “horrific” history of racist imagery.

UF President Kent Fuchs said the change was just one of many the school is making to address racism on its campus, amid ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd.

“While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” Fuchs said in a statement.

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“I’m not going for it,” said [Lawrence] Wright, who was a member of Florida’s first national title-winning football team. “I created something for us. It’s a college football thing. It’s not a racist thing, It’s about us, the Gator Nation. And I’m black.”

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