UK African-American and Africana Studies Faculty asks school to change name of Rupp Arena

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UK African-American and Africana Studies Faculty asks school to change name of Rupp Arena

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Kentucky basketball’s historic home gym in downtown Lexington could soon have its name changed.

In a letter submitted to UK president Eli Capilouto, the faculty of the African-American and Africana Studies program called for Rupp Arena’s name to change as part of the school’s push for further equality in race relations on campus.

“The Adolph Rupp name has come to stand for racism and exclusion in UK athletics and alienates Black students, fans, and attendees,” the letter reads.

In addition, the faculty said that the university should review all campus buildings and remove confederate statues still standing among them. They also are pushing for the increase of black representation in the university staff by 15%, and many more changes to further accomplish the goal of racial equality.

Just in the last basketball season, Kentucky changed the name of the building to “Rupp Arena at the Central Bank Center.” After the Central Bank Center was added to the name of the building, UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart at the time stressed how important it is that Rupp be included in the name, saying “It has to be Rupp Arena.”

Of course, after a few months of protests for more equality in race relations, Barnhart’s view may have changed along with the rest of the university staff.

The full letter sent to Capilouto can be read here.

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