No. 1 Duke took on No. 2 Michigan State last night at the United Center in Chicago. While the hype around the game along was apparent, the unexpected statement by the Duke Blue Devils by wearing shirts that said “equality,” was the main story of last nights game.
Duke was not the only team on the court who took a stand on racism as Michigan State wore shirts that said “We talk, we listen.”
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Duke and Michigan State players don 'Equality' and 'We Talk We Listen' shirts during national anthem pic.twitter.com/YKI1R44yTD
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“We wanted to make sure that basically the equality shirt, stood for ‘one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,'” Krzyzewski told the News & Observer when the team wore the shirts in late October during an exhibition with Northwest Missouri State. “Does that sound familiar? It’s part of the Pledge of Allegiance and it’s basically what our program and our school is about. That’s what we want our country to be.”
Grayson Allen also added to the conversation on why these shorts were being worn.
“We had a few discussions as a team about what’s been going on in the country specifically with the national anthem, and we decided that as a team we would stand and wear the equality shirts,” Allen told reporters. “What that would symbolize basically is a sentence that everyone knows, ‘One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all.'”