In yet another disturbing example of how Donald Trump’s election has emboldened racists and bigots across the country, a predominantly white Missouri school district has come under fire for a racist incident at a high school basket ball game.
The Warrensburg High School was hosting a football match with Kansas City's Center High School on Monday when suddenly a student in the Warrensburg section of the crowd held- up a Trump-Pence campaign sign, flashing it to the guest player – all of whom happened to be African Americans.
Then, making the matters worse, the majority of white students from the host school, all dressed up in farmer clothes and cowboy hats, turned their backs on the visiting team as the announcer introduced them.
The entire incident was caught on camera.
“I was like wow. You guys are playing an all-black basketball team and you’re all white and it’s just, you turned around, hold up a Trump sign and I thought it was very racist,” said Center High graduate Antonia Nunn, who recorded the cell phone footage. “It was rude. I didn’t like it at all. It wasn’t ok.”
The school district is now apologizing for the incident, acknowledging while the back-turning is a longstanding practice, the campaign sign “took this from something that was unsportsmanlike to something that was insensitive, not necessary and inappropriate.”
“Where it went over the line is when they held up the [Trump] sign,” said Warrensburg R6 School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Patrick. “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.”
The district also released the following statement:
“During the boys’ varsity basketball game between Warrensburg High School and Center High School, some members of our student body acted inappropriately and were insensitive toward our opponents. 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.”
Meanwhile, some of the Center High School students believe the act was immature but not necessarily believe racially motivated.
“It just seems like an immature thing to do. It seems like they are trying to piss us off,” opined a student, as another added, “I don’t think they are really trying to say anything other than that. Just seems like, I don’t know, a way to aggravate us.”
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