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USA Fencing Statement on Racist Comments Targeting the Black Community

06/10/2020, 11:15pm CDT
By USA Fencing

Today, USA Fencing became aware of an audio recording of a fencing coach that included virulently racist comments targeting the Black community.

We are disgusted by these statements, which are racist, offensive and have no place in the USA Fencing community or in society as a whole. 

USA Fencing stands with our black athletes and all underrepresented minorities within the fencing family and will conduct an immediate investigation. We will be implementing steps to protect our athletes and all members who may be victimized, marginalized or otherwise injured by such conduct. If you have information regarding this case that could advance our investigation of this matter, please contact ethicscomm@usafencing.org or call 719.866.4511.

USA Fencing is committed to improving upon diversity, equity and inclusion and creating a safe environment for all fencers. Racism and discrimination within the fencing community will not be tolerated and we encourage anyone to report these actions through the email address or telephone number above.

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