White high school students hold up Trump sign and turn their backs on black basketball team|
A video of a racist demonstration at a recent high school basketball game is sparking national outrage.
At Warrensburg High School in Missouri, white students in the bleachers turned their backs on the court as the starting five players for Center High School, who were black, were being announced. During the obviously coordinated demonstration, one student held up a Trump/Pence campaign sign.
The demonstration was obviously racial in nature, as Warrensburg High School is predominantly white and all 13 players on the Center High School basketball team’s roster are black or biracial, according to coach LeDale Wooten. Warrensburg School District superintendent Scott Patrick said that while the student section turning its backs on visiting team’s introductions was a longstanding tradition, he didn’t condone the action, calling it “unsportsmanlike.” However, Patrick apologized on behalf of his students, saying the campaign sign added a darker undertone to the demonstration.
“I think in this case, [the Trump sign] was really the difference in what took this from something that was unsportsmanlike to something that was insensitive, not necessary and inappropriate,” Patrick told the Kansas City Star.
Toniaa Lakylia Nunn, who posted the video to her Facebook page, referred to the student section’s action as “racism” and “nonsense.”
“I’m appalled by the nonsense i’ve just witnessed with my own two eyes. Like what the hell?! That’s Rude!!!!! If this was the Yellowjackets house, nothing but RESPECT would’ve been giving to these cowards,” Nunn wrote.
Despite the action from the student section, Warrensburg’s basketball team ended up losing by four points to Center on Monday night’s game.
Watch the video of the demonstration below:
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or friend him on Facebook.