IU to don ‘equity fist’ during games this season

Indiana athletes will be wearing a symbol this season to raise awareness about racial injustice.

The “equity fist,” as IU coach Tom Allen called it Monday, will be debuted this Saturday during the Hoosier football team’s opener with No. 8 Penn State. It will appear both on the upper righthand side of the Hoosiers’ jerseys as a patch and on the back of their helmets as a sticker. Allen said the fist will also be on the shirts and shorts the program wears during warmups.

This symbol, designed by the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media, will appear on all IU athletic team’s jerseys this season, but football is just the first to compete this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Players are excited about that,” Allen said. “Just a sign of unity, a sign of togetherness and peace and love we want to promote, and just respect for others that are different than us, look different, and come from different backgrounds.”

Following the murder of George Floyd in May, IU took a number of actions to try and promote a conversation surrounding racial injustice. One was making Election Day an off-day from athletic activities. The department also instituted inclusivity training.

This is another step, which Allen sees as following in line with the program’s “love each other” mantra. The fist, both black and red, incorporates several words into the design, including “love,” “peace,” “human rights,” “compassion,” “justice,” and “equality.”

“When I challenged our team, I want us to be a beacon of what it looks like to love each other and care about one another, no matter where you are from, no matter whether you have differences or not,” Allen said. “We gotta be able to work together to make the world a better place, to make Bloomington a better city, and make Indiana a better state, and just have that impact across this country.”

2 comments

  1. Love the message of unity and peace. But I’m not sure people realize the fist symbol/image is the exact same logo used in communism?

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  2. 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City…..Tommie Smith and John Carlos

    I have no problem with it. They avoided “Black Lives Matter” …or “Say Their Names”…or “I Can’t Breathe” so it’s pretty safe non-controversial jello pudding.

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