University of Florida Drops “Gator Bait” Cheers Due To “Horrific Historical Racist Images”


The President of the University of Florida announced on Thursday that the school would end the use of his “Gator Bait” cheering and group performances at sporting events. The school said the term is associated with a “horrible” story of racist imagery.UF President Kent Fuchs said the change was just one of many changes the school is taking to tackle racism on its campus amid ongoing protests after George’s death Floyd.

“Although I do not know of any evidence of racism associated with our cheering” Gator Bait “at UF sporting events, there are horrific historical racist images associated with this phrase,” Fuchs said in a statement. “As a result, University Athletics and the Gator Band will stop using joy. “


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