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Re: Teaching White Racial Insensitivity
Good for Coach Michael Walker in calling them out, and standing up for his team. A great role model for his students.
As far as the other folks? Some will learn from the incident. Most won’t. 😓
Re: Teaching White Racial Insensitivity
This is sad....what we are teaching our young!!! Division at all costs. Funny the title of our country is "UNITED states of America" and we should have learned something from our own Civil War but, apparently not. As we the US spouts our ideology to the rest of the world and judge how they should act or if any necessary intervention should happen????
We as a whole, a representation of what the US stands for.....hypocrisy?!
Teaching White Racial Insensitivity
Jordan superintendent reviewing display of Trump banner at basketball game
The boys basketball coach for Minneapolis Roosevelt High School questioned on Wednesday why young fans at his team’s road game in Jordan prominently displayed a flag promoting the re-election of President Donald Trump during Tuesday night’s contest.
Michael Walker posted on Facebook a photograph of fans on the Jordan side of the gym with the flag draped over the legs of four front-row spectators.
The message read: Trump 2020 Keep America Great!
Several other young fans sitting nearby were wearing clothing patterned after the American flag.
“I coach a predominantly black inner city high school team,” Walker wrote on his Facebook posting. “We go out to a rural area in Jordan, MN and this is there. Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a high school basketball game?”
Walker included a slew of hashtag phrases, among them #critical questioning, #blackandproud and #blackmenmatter. Walker, who is black, also is the director of his district’s Office of Black Male Student Achievement.
School District Superintendent Matt Helgerson released a statement Wednesday afternoon expressing “regret that Roosevelt players and their coaching staff, fans and community were made to feel uncomfortable, as it is always our intent to graciously host our opponents.”
Helgerson said district personnel are “reviewing this matter and collecting information [and] working cooperatively with the Minneapolis School District and Roosevelt High School in our review and response to this event.”
Bridget Kahn commented on the Roosevelt coach’s Facebook posting wrote that the flag belonged to her and was used by students as part of a long-planned USA blackout theme night. (It's worth noting Ms. Kahn had previously claimed she decided it was going to be a USA themed evening....of course she didn't have the authority or permission to do so...)
Kahn told the Star Tribune later that her son and others took two of the flags with them to the game and “left with them wrapped around them like capes. I didn’t see anything wrong with that.” (of course you didn't because it's a normal occurance to take a trump flag to a high school basketball game. What a dumb .....)
She said this was nothing more than young people wearing “a bunch of red, white and blue, supporting their president. They don’t have a racist bone in their body.” (So you be sure your teach `em, ok?)
Kahn also pointed out, and the superintendent confirmed, that the Roosevelt team remained in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem before tipoff.
The Roosevelt team has been carrying out this action at both home and away games, and “the Jordan team was made aware of that practice before the game,” Minneapolis schools spokesman Dirk Tedmon said. (yep....let's blame the victims....)
Helgerson said he arrived to the gym in the second half and saw the spectators in U.S. flag-inspired garb for what he said was not a school-sponsored theme night. He added that he didn’t see the Trump flag by the time he arrived.
As for whether the presence of the flag during a school event violated any district policy, Helgerson said, “We’re in the process of reviewing all our policies as it relates to this particular situation. This is a new one for me.”
Tedmon said that the Minneapolis district’s policy is “to not allow political advertising” at games it hosts.
Jeanna Orris, who has three children in district schools, was at the game Tuesday and said, “I have no issues with a Trump flag at our game last night in regards to racism. It could be seen as 'It’s actually pretty cool [young people] are paying attention to things going on in our country.'” (And it could be seen as a bunch of racist kids, supported by their racist parents, wanting to show those black kids a thing or two coming into their racist town from the "city", to play a high school basketball game.)
Joining the Roosevelt coach in concern about the flag’s presence during the game is Crystal Flint, who coached the Minneapolis North girls team from 2005 until early 2018.
“You got freedom of speech, but would that remotely be appropriate?” said Flint, who now coaches the girls team at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul. “No, it would not.” (Of course not....)
Flint said she wants to know whether the flag was displayed because Roosevelt’s team is mostly black (Your guess...) or has it been brought to previous Jordan home games. (No, this was the first....)
In any event, she continued, “Why is politics being represented at sports? Is there an intimidation factor? ... I think it’s divisive in this racial climate that we have.”
Orris defended the intentions of those who brought the flag to the game, (of course....) saying it was there merely as part of one of a series of theme nights at Jordan athletic events. (and this just happened to be the first???? Now we can see a few wanting to defend their racist insensitivity.
“They were not trying to be offensive,” (lol....yeah right....trumps got a wall to sell you. A bunch of dumb rednecks....)....she said. “Our little town is the least racist ... LMAO! Hardly. Maybe that's why it has less than 1% African Americans.... I just don’t understand how this got turned into a race thing.” Because you are a dumb *** redneck trump supporter.....just like many others....
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