This is getting exhausting.
Halloween is here and despite the heightened use of blackface and the tremendous response telling offenders not to do it, it’s still totally happening.
This time, two San Diego high school football coaches wore blackface for their Cool Runnings costumes at a game last weekend. Not surprisingly, they’ve come under fire for their idiotic choice.
The NAACP blasted Serra High School varsity head coach Brian Basteyns and assistant coach Harold Seeley for their Jamaican bobsled team outfits.
“Blackface is very pejorative. It has serious implications for African-Americans,” Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP, told the Daily News on Wednesday. “It’s insulting to have people dress up in blackface. It is something that we aren’t going to accept.”
In short, they should have known better.
But not everyone believes the costumes were offensive. The coaches are even getting some back-up from African American students at the school.
Student Xavier Miller, who has played for the coaches for four years, told the station that he wasn’t insulted and even laughed when he saw the photo of them dressed as characters from the Walt Disney movie.
“They always tell us good morals,” Miller said. “We always have to represent Serra football when we’re outside of Serra.”
And fellow coach Al Dave, who works closely with Basteyns and Seeley, told the local news station that he didn’t even see a “sliver of racism.”
Even still, Basteyns met with his team on Tuesday and delivered an apology.
“He was really upset that these allegations were happening, and he felt as if he really did something wrong and he really wanted to express to us his apologies,” team captain Richard Price told the ABC affiliate.
Looks like somebody needs a history lesson. Like…the entire school.
SOURCE: NY Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook