Another day, another unnecessary act of racism.
A group of Missouri high school students, mostly rocking cowboy hats, turned their backs and displayed a Donald Trump sign as the starting roster for a mostly Black basketball team was announced before a game at Warrensburg High School.
According to the NY Daily News, the disrespect occurred on Monday evening as the home team prepared for tipoff against the visiting Center High School Yellowjackets. In a Facebook video making its rounds on the internet, a group of at least two dozen students can be seen with their backs turned to the court. Some of the students are wearing camo overalls and cowboy hats, with a Trump/Pence campaign sign in the mix. Antonia Nunn, who posted the video on Facebook, captioned it, “SO let me post this & let it be known how RACIST Warrensburg High School (students) are. I’m appalled by the nonsense I’ve just witnessed with my own two eyes…If this was the Yellowjackets house, nothing but RESPECT would’ve been giving to these cowards.”
Warrensburg School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Patrick said, “Where it went over the line is when they held up the [Trump] sign. There’s no reason for that to occur at a basketball game so they just took it too far and it was insensitive and not appropriate.” He also released a statement saying, “The Warrensburg R-VI School District does not condone these actions and apologizes to anyone who was offended by the actions of these students. We will do everything in our power to rectify this situation and keep events like this from happening in the future.”
Although some people who commented under the Facebook post don’t believe the incident was an act of racism, hate crimes have certainly skyrocketed since Donald Trump’s election victory.