Jagger Joshua is currently a player for Michigan State University. He is equally an inspiration for the African-American community, who is severely under-represented in hockey.
Joshua spoke out after an opposing player used racial slurs to demean him on the ice:
ACTS OF RACISM DO NOT BELONG IN HOCKEY, AS THEY CAN DISCOURAGE AFRICAN AMERICANS AND MINORITIES LIKE MYSELF FROM PLAYING AND LOVING THE GAME. INACTION IN THE FACE OF RACIST COMMENTS AND ACTIONS ALLOW THESE BEHAVIORS TO CONTINUE.
ON NOV. 11 IN OUR GAME AGAINST OHIO STATE, ONE OF THEIR PLAYERS CALLED ME A RACIAL SLUR MULTIPLE TIMES. ONE OF THE OFFICIALS HEARD THE SLUR AND GAVE THE PLAYER A GAME MISCONDUCT PENALTY. THERE WAS AN INVESTIGATION BY THE BIG TEN IN THE DAYS
AFTER THE INCIDENT BITE NO FURTHER PUBLIC
ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN BY THE BIG TEN
CONFERENCE OR OHIO STATE.
THE INACTION HAS LEFT ME FEELING CONFUSED AND PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THE MOVEMENT OF DIVERSITY WITHIN HOCKEY CULTURE.
THE IGNORANCE OF RACISM DOES NOT BELONG IN OUR GAME. AND I FEEL THAT I NEED TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE THAT THIS INCIDENT OCCURRED, BECAUSE WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, THE PROBLEM GETS WORSE.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY TEAMMATES, COACHES, AND STAFF AT MICHIGAN STATE.
I AM INCREDIBLY THANKFUL FOR THEIR SUPPORT
SINCE THIS INCIDENT AND AS I HAVE
NAVIGATED THIS PROCESS.
Wise words from the kid. Now PK Subban and Anson Carter have spoken out about the event.
The player who used the slurs has gone unpunished so far.
Hopefully something will come from this, as racism in hockey is truly one of its greatest faults.
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